My first-person column about being surprised with a 21-percent rent increase appears on April 14, 2022, in "SpeakEasy."
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Subscribers will get a blow-by-blow account of how Vantage Pointe apartments (pictured, above), a subsidiary of Brookfield Properties, takes advantage of AB-1482 (The Tenant Protection Act of 2019) to more than double state law on rent increases.
It's a pretty surprising tale. You can also read how Brookfield is falling out of grace as a developer for a huge city project in the Midway District.
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SpeakEasy is Phase 2 of the San Diego Sun journey. It's a business model aimed at helping writers rise up and compete in local media markets.
The San Diego Sun is a one-person, local endeavor.
I'm a downtowner who walks and bikes the city nearly every day.
My resume includes a decade-long stint as executive editor at San Diego Magazine. I also served as the top editor at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and alt-weekly San Diego CityBeat.
My byline has appeared in the two dozen national publications and websites, including Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Maxim, Glamour, huffpost.com and popsugar.com.
Locally, I've written for The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, Ranch & Coast, Pacific San Diego and sandiego.com.
I once taught a magazine class at Point Loma Nazarene University, served as chief content officer for Ballotpedia.org, and run a travel blog called Junkets & Jaunts.
My background is writing and media. Now with SpeakEasy, I'm stepping into the entrepreneurial side of journalism.
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