“North Park Jack in the Box rebuild permit has yet to pop up”
San Diego Reader, Feb. 15, 2017

Cheeseburger, fries, and a long lawsuit, please
“Taking Jack in the Box to Trial”
North Park News, June, 2016

Appeals court revives coalition lawsuit
“Jack in the Box headed to court over North Park “remodel””
San Diego Reader, May 24, 2016

Appellate court springs some justice on fast-food chain and city
“Appeal Filed in Jack in the Box Lawsuit”
North Park News, July, 2015

Care About North Park steps up drive to raise funds for legal fees
“Neighborhoods Clash with Big Retailers”
North Park News, April, 2015

Jack in the Box under fire from residents
“Jacked by the Box”
San Diego Reader, April 2, 2015

Residents appeal decision to allow overhaul of North Park fast-food joint
“Lawyer Up to Save Your Neighborhood”
Voice of San Diego, Mar. 2, 2015

Memo to San Diego neighborhoods: If there’s a development project in your midst, make sure you’ve got a lawyer on speed dial.
“Judge rules for city, Jack in the Box in North Park dispute”
The Daily Transcript, Jan. 29, 2015

A San Diego Superior Court judge made final his ruling, granting summary judgment to the city and Jack in the Box.
“San Diego officials propose tweaks to rule residents say Jack in the Box broke”
San Diego City Beat, Jan. 28, 2015

Critics claim change belies smart-growth planning
“Jack in the Box: Killing Them Softly in North Park””
San Diego Free Press, Dec. 08, 2014

…perhaps it would be instructive to take a look at what happens when a group of citizens try to fight for their cause in court…
“Renovation, Rebuild or Turducken?”
San Diego Free Press, Nov. 14, 2014

The North Park Preservation lawsuit against Jack in the Box/City of San Diego is moving forward…
“Fight against Jack in the Box remodel continues”
San Diego Uptown News, July 18, 2014

North Park residents continue legal battle against fast-food chain.
“Help Wanted: Who Did What in the North Park Jack-in-the-Box Construction Caper?”
San Diego Free Press, Feb. 2, 2014

The one thing I do know is that my neighbors got shafted by Jack-in-the-Box with help from somebody in the city government. And neither one of those entities seems to care about about what happened after the fact. Throwing up your hands and saying “oh, well” doesn’t cut it.
“North Park Continues the Fight Against Jack in the Box”
San Diego Free Press, Jan. 29, 2014

The bottom line here is that the City of San Diego (also being sued) chose to be sued by residents rather than take on a corporation. We can thank City Attorney Jan Goldsmith for that legal strategy.
“The City’s Code Monitoring Team: Foxes guard the henhouse”
San Diego Reader, Dec. 18, 2013

It reads like a page out of a comic book: an underground team of developers and building-industry professionals whose sole mission is to change land-use policies, in some cases easing development regulations.
“How North Park Went from Drive-Thru to Drive-To”
Voice of San Diego, Dec. 3, 2013

The real question is: Do you want a place you drive through, or one you drive to?
“City sides with developers, residents, developers again”
San Diego Reader, Oct. 30, 2013

The developer wanted more bang for its buck, the city obliged — but Rolando won’t roll over.
“Councilmembers to fight judge’s ruling against Sherman Heights Walmart construction project”
San Diego Reader, Oct. 21, 2013

It is yet another example of Development Services staff members issuing over-the-counter permits instead of forcing the developer … to conduct a full environmental impact report and gain approval from local planning groups and the city’s planning commission. Similar cases that have popped up in the past year include the total rebuild of a Jack in the Box in North Park…
“Re-model citizen”
San Diego City Beat, Oct. 7, 2013

Folks might get a sense of deja vu if they happen to drive by Jack in the Box’s East Village location, at 11th Avenue and C Street.
“Neighbors Sue Over Jack in the Box Drive-thru”
Fox 5 News, Sept.17, 2013

A controversial Jack in the Box recently reopened in North Park, after a back-and-forth in City Hall involving former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and interim Mayor Todd Gloria.
“One Scandal After Another”
KUSI-TV Turko Files, Sept. 12, 2013

Michael Turko has been taking a hard look at the city of San Diego’s Development Services Department. Now Turko says Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is launching an investigation.
“Dirty Pool”
KUSI-TV Turko Files, Sept. 11, 2013

Michael Turko broke the story about a controversial Jack in the Box restaurant remodeling job in North Park. Now Turko says the city and the restaurant chain are being sued because of the way the city’s Development Services Department handled the case.
“How Jack in the Box Dodged North Park’s Zoning Laws”
San Diego City Beat, Sept. 11, 2013

City ultimately chose to be sued by people rather than a huge corporation.
“City emails show employees scrambling to justify North Park Jack in the Box permits”
San Diego Reader, Sept. 11, 2013

Fast-food chain was not the only one scrambling to find a way around the building code.
“Todd Gloria Stands By Decision to Reverse Stop Work Order on Jack in the Box in North Park”
ABC 10 News, Sept. 1, 2013

Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria is standing by his decision to reverse a stop work order at a Jack in the Box restaurant in North Park. This was Gloria’s first order of business and something outgoing Mayor Bob Filner tried to stop in the 11th hour.
“Filner’s Last Order of Business Becomes Gloria’s First”
Fox 5 News, Aug. 31, 2013

A decision by San Diego’s interim Mayor Todd Gloria Friday to reverse a last minute order by Bob Filner was questioned by residents in North Park.
“Filner Issues a Stop-Use Order Against North Park Jack in the Box. Todd Gloria Rescinds”
San Diego Reader, Aug. 30, 2013

In his final hours as Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner had some parting gifts of his own to give away. One was for residents of North Park living near the Jack in the Box on Upas and 30 Street.
“North Park Residents Have Long-Standing Beef with Fast-Food Giant”
The Daily Transcript, Aug. 28, 2013

It’s not the walls of the box that caused controversy on Upas Street in North Park; it was the permitting process and Jack in the Box’s drive-thru that had residents concerned.
“Suit Filed Over Drive-Thru”
San Diego Uptown News, Aug. 16, 2013

North Park community ‘pro-neighborhood’ plan says Jack In The Box location no longer zoned for drive-up window.
“The Mayor and the Jack in the Box”
KPBS Roundtable, Aug. 16, 2013

In spite of intense neighborhood opposition and zoning rules that prohibit restaurant drive-throughs for new construction, Jack in the Box is rebuilding and expanding its North Park restaurant on 30th and Upas with the drive-through window in place.
“City Attorney and Lawyers from Jack in the Box say Mayor Filner’s Objections to North Park Restaurant Rebuild a Ploy to Divert Attention from Harassment Scandal”
San Diego Reader, Aug. 15, 2013

Lawyers for fast-food chain Jack in the Box and the City of San Diego have crafted their defense to a lawsuit from residents over the demolition and rebuild of a drive-through restaurant on Upas Street in North Park.
“Lawsuit Filed Against City of San Diego for Allowing Fast-Food Chain Jack in the Box to Remodel North Park Restaurant”
San Diego Reader, Aug. 12, 2013

Lawsuit comes after years of objections from local residents.
“North Park Says Get Back, Jack!”
San Diego Free Press, Aug. 5, 2013

Residents in North Park have called for a rally this afternoon at 5 pm to protest the continuing denigration of their neighborhood by Gag-in-the-Bag, aka Jack in the Box, at 30th and Upas Streets.
“Sold Out”
KUSI-TV Turko Files, Aug. 5, 2013

KUSI’s Michael Turko broke the story when a fast food giant tried to disguise a rebuilding job to preserve a controversial drive through.
“Jack in the Box Hires Lobbying Firm for Help with Rebuild of North Park Restaurant”
San Diego Reader, July 20, 2013

Executives from San Diego-based Jack in the Box are calling in the big guns to continue with renovation, rather reconstruction, of their North park restaurant. The company has hired attorneys from Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton to grease the wheels at City Hall. They will need a lot of grease.
“Filner Aide to Local Group: Remember the Last Six Months”
Voice of San Diego, July 17, 2013

Citizens came to the mayor and asked for help, and immediately — immediately! — had instantaneous help from the highest level that was available. This is kind of how government is supposed to work.
“Filner Still Looking for Way to Halt Jack in the Box Construction”
Voice of San Diego, July 16, 2013

How Mayor Bob Filner will proceed with his attempt to shut down the renovation of a Jack in the Box in North Park could come down to a confidential memo from the city attorney’s office.
“Mayor Bob Filner Takes on Jack in the Box”
7 San Diego, July 11, 2013

The mayor is slamming a remodeling project involving a fast food restaurant in North Park.
“Must Go Bye-Bye”
KUSI-TV Turko Files, July 8, 2013

A fast-food remodeling controversy exposed by KUSI’s Michael Turko two weeks ago is now big news all over town.
“Filner Wants Work Halted on North Park Jack in the Box”
UT San Diego, July 6, 2013

Jack in the Box, famous for its secret sauce, found itself in hot water Friday as Mayor Bob Filner moved to stop work on a restaurant remodel in North Park.
“Mayor Bob Filner Wants Remodeling of North Park Jack in the Box to Stop”
ABC 10 News, July 5, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Friday accused Jack in the Box of violating terms of a permit to remodel a restaurant in North Park and asked the City Attorney’s Office for an order to force the San Diego-based company to stop work on the project.
“Mayor wants North Park Jack in the Box remodel stopped”
CBS 8, July 5, 2013

Mayor Bob Filner Friday accused Jack in the Box of violating terms of a permit to remodel a restaurant in North Park and asked the City Attorney’s Office for an order to force the San Diego-based company to stop work on the project.
“Should Be History”
KUSI-TV Turko Files, June 25, 2013

San Diego officials are halting work on a controversial construction job in North Park.
“Let’s Build an Even Bigger Jack in the Box in North Park”
San Diego Reader, Feb. 1, 2012

Neighbors are frustrated with the City’s apparent support of the project, despite zoning that prohibits drive-through restaurants.
“KFC construction draws beefs”
UT San Diego, Sept. 22, 2007

… as new construction, it should have had to conform with North Park’s special “urban village” zoning, requiring businesses to abut the sidewalk to be more pedestrian-oriented.
“What Happened with the KFC?”
Voice of San Diego, Sept. 18, 2007

Of interest to all in San Diego’s communities, not just those in pilot villages or commercial districts, should be the city attorney’s position on the legality of the city’s actions.