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We are curators of your artwork; representatives of your achievements. Your home is just one of the many expressions of your passion and the O’Byrne Team is fluent the language of inspiration. Every photo is perfectly planned; every film is meticulously made; and when our homes become more valuable than price, we know that we have finally achieved our goal. -Seth O’Byrne


Seth O’Byrne Licensed RealtorCal BRE# 01463479 What we do is much more important than just sell homes. What the O’Byrne Team does is communicate the love and passion behind a single address at a time. Through our artwork, our writing, and our representation of our properties we take the world through a journey to understand the brilliance of your residential vision. Homes are personal; they are intimate; they beg us to slow down the pace and start by noticing all the smallest things that matter. In a world that chases profits and commoditizes assets the O’Byrne Team stands in stark contrast. We are intentional; we are a collection of artists, creatives and gifted sales people who know that record breaking sales don’t happen on accident. My gift has been choosing the best people and letting their passions benefit our process. Our gift as a team is attracting the best clients with the choicest properties so that together we can make waves felt around the world. Our sales stand as not only some of the most important in their zip codes, but ones that rank on the worldwide stage. Regardless of price we push the boundaries, regardless of client we commit our entire team to this goal. We have the honor of working for some of the most compassionate, accomplished and interesting clients and the thrill of crafting a voice for the places they call home. $1 Billion of home sales experience behind us and we’re just getting started.

-Seth O’Byrne


GETTING TO


People Process Presence


A B OUT OU R TE A M “It’s actually pretty simple...it just took 20 years to complete. We formed a real estate team around the best people in the business and let them grow our brand. Everyone has a place but can explore. Everyone has a voice and their opinions shape our company. The real estate market is dynamic and requires sharp thinking, which in the end is our biggest advantage; our people are very smart”


Alina Mendoza | Director of Operations/Listing Coordinatior Cal BRE# 01463479

Alina has been the hidden hand behind some of the most influential real estate teams in San Diego’s recent history and while serving on 2 major San Diego real estate powerhouses since 2005 she has since overseen $1 Billion in sales. Alina brings a level of compassion, friendliness and care to the O’Byrne Team that has shaped the team’s unique voice in the business.

Amanda Morad | Production Manager As the Operations Manager, Amanda, coordinates market preparation with sellers, tenants, and all vendors. She manages showings and provides weekly updates on market activity and feedback from Brokers and buyers. Amanda is proactive in ensuring your home is receiving the most exposure possible. She is the first point of contact for all leads and determines what each client needs to succeed. From beginning to end, Amanda, provides the utmost care and service during the selling process.


Caitlin Thill | Field Director | DRE# 02061995 Caitlin assists the O’Byrne Team as the Field Coordinator. Joining Seth on listing appointments to learn in depth about the value and unique features of the home. She digests the current condition of the home and suggests what is needed to get the home ready for the market. During market preparation she oversees any improvements from painting and construction to photography and staging. Once on the market, Caitlin along with Seth, accompanies showings for buyers and adds a personal touch by helping buyers visualize themselves at the home and answering questions.

Jodette Goebel | Transaction Coordinator | DRE#01930542 Jodette’s role as a Transaction Coordinator is to ensure that all broker required contracts and disclosures are compliant and filed with the broker according to the timelines of each escrow. It is important that every detail is correct in order to have a smooth transaction through closing for all parties involved. When the transaction is in the hands of Jodette, she seamlessly navigates the compliant side from as soon as escrow opens until it closes.


OUR AGENTS


Keke Jones | Licensed Realtor | Cal BRE #01499110 Born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Keke moved to San Diego in 2004. It was easy for her to fall in love with the unique mix of beach and city life San Diego offers. Although she is not a San Diego native she is proud to call SD home! Keke started her real estate career in the financial sector. This experience gave her a valuable insight into the home loan process. After receiving her real estate license in 2005 she joined the O’Byrne Team. Like the rest of the team she prides herself in providing exceptional service for all her clients’ unique needs. Over the years, her experiences with the changing market in San Diego have helped her advise her clients to achieve their real estate goals, through many stress-free transactions. First time home buyer classes, Second home buyers, Relocation Sellers, Investor income properties are just some of her areas of her expertise.

Mia Tidwell | Licensed Realtor | Cal BRE# 02014872 Mia Tidwell is a San Diego CA real estate agent, bringing a decade of experience in negotiation and communication to her clients. Most recently, national cable network, HGTV, recognized Mia’s unique and personalized approach in working with home sellers to renovate and sell some of San Diego’s most sought after homes. “Hot Properties: San Diego” on HGTV follows Mia, team lead Seth O’Byrne, and contractor Andrew White for their ingenious ways they market, renovate and sell properties for top dollar throughout San Diego. Mia is an expert at connecting with others, identifying needs, and going the extra mile. Through a proven track record, she has built her reputation as a go-getter and problem-solver. Her inspiration for a career in real estate comes from a deep desire to help her clients fall in love with where they live.


St e p h a n i e | L ic ensed Realtor | D RE # 0 1 7 7 0 3 7 4 Stephanie has over a decade of experience in real estate including investment, development and residential sales. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Central Florida, Stephanie moved to San Diego, California where she began her real estate career. Initially mastering her work in the title industry, Stephanie later became a Realtor for the largest foreclosure team in San Diego, where she quickly became the top producing agent for over 5 years, leading the way in closings for the most foreclosures and short sales sold. Stephanie continued her high performing career in real estate transactions by joining the O’Byrne Team at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in 2013, which consistently ranked as the #1 Team at Pacific Sotheby’s for growth, volume and experience in San Diego.

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Jen n a Daley | L i c en s ed R ea l to r | DR E # 0 1 2 6 2 8 9 3 Jenna Materasso Daley is an esteemed Real Estate Broker associate with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty because her career experience includes so many facets of real estate, including acquisition, disposition, 1031 exchanges, mortgage banking and property management. Jenna’s clientele represent some of the most prominent names in San Diego, however she is incredibly proud to work by referral and still help both first time home buyers and move up buyers all over the County. With her high net worth investors, Jenna uses her experience in property underwriting to help assess not just the resale opportunities but also cash flow opportunities on unique homes. Married to a successful local developer, Jenna has a unique understanding of construction costs including but not limited to the plan and permit process.

Sophia Metcalf | Licensed Realtor | DRE#02029293 In a city that breeds the best real estate talent in America, Sophia Metcalf is truly a product of her environment. Always affable and quintessentially San Diegan, Sophia lives along the coastline and has grown her own family here. Sophia’s partnership on the O’Byrne Team has expanded not only her own business, but the expertise our team can offer clients. With 8 years experience negotiating contracts at an agency and working with over 300 clients; she enjoys meeting clients face to face and keeping friendship at the core of her service. Today Sophia is known for her knowledge of design, staging and market preparation, however her dual-citizenship status has also allowed her to grow her book of International clients; something that goes hand-in-hand with the team’s affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty.


Marke t P r ep Step 1 - Consultation

Step 2 - Concierge Service

-Consultation with Seth -Receive access to our extensive and -Dive deep with Seth into your goals of your qualified list of referral partners home sale -Our Production Manager will coordinate -Provide our recommendations to receive the and connect clients with vendors highest return on the sale of your home -List includes: painters, carpet cleaners, house cleaners, plumbers, stagers, and more


Step 3 - Photography

Step 4 - Go LIVE

-Work with the best in San Diego to capture -MLS listing prepared by our Listing Coordinator -Description written by Seth telling a story about your home in its best light -Determine the best time to schedule daytime your home and twilights photos given the orientation of -Review and approve the final MLS -Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty will ensure your home all photos, description, and information show -All photoshoots accompanied by our Field properly on 3rd party sites Coordinator


DET AILS “Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

An architectural Detail is a small piece of the whole, yet it has the power to characterize and define the entire building. Details tell us what a building is; they are fundamental to the life and personality of a space. Details can both solve construction problems and aid one’s understanding of the house.


H im an li p dc A n e n l e m ra f e te a n , co rtis ou aga nte d ti lo tic tdo te d wa er rf o s to ll de ul ba r ton in fi ck su ckl pa e clu nis . cc it tin an d he ul t a d e en re , c st pa s u o un rc b ts e is de ppe ni hm iqu a sig r ng en ito ba n li b t u ck an vin ea , te sly dr d g- de xt a op an w d ur re a g to a ll las ed r t h ra w i s . e y th m of id -


“After having sold over 1,000 staged homes our own statistics show that the effect on the sales price is usually a 5-10% increase.�


STAGING

Q&A with

Seth O’Byrne &

Carol Kaplan Q:

Why has staging become such a big part of the real estate industry?

Carol: Since the 1990s Realtors and professionals have seen that interior design plays a major part in a home sale so the concept is nothing new. What is new is that entrepreneurs have figured out a way to make staging on home sales more available by lowering the price. What used to take $20,000 we can do for $4,000 today. That beings in into an average homesellers budget. Q:

What is the real impact of home staging on a

sale?

Seth: After having sold over 1,000 staged homes our own statistics show that the effect on the sales price is usually a 5-10% increase. We have literally seen $100,000 swings in sales prices on homes where we did professionally designed staging and not. The difference is staged homes create an emotional response and that always means higher values in sales. Q:

Whats one thing every staging has to have to be effective?

Carol: In my mind every staging has to

incorporate a lot of white. It opens up the rooms

visually, it creates a sense of calm and it bounces light around the room, which is a major help in smaller spaces.

Seth:

Artwork, a staging without artwork looks painfully cookie-cutter. Even with the best furniture if the walls and window coverings aren’t addressed you lose the cohesive aesthetic that staging is meant to create in the first place

Q:

Who between the two of you makes the design decisions?

Carol:

Seth and his Team are experts in what buyers are looking for and thats great because buyer taste can change in a matter of months. Being with HGTV the O’Byrne Team is ahead of the entire real estate industry on style so they always direct our decisions based on real buyer tastes.

Seth: Carol makes all the major decisions however we are very hands on. We both want a successful sale for our clients and so I let the execution stay with Carol and we don’t get in her way. That said, we know what buyers really want so we always stay involved if we think we can do even better. After all. this is a business transaction and we’re hired to make sure the client wins as big as they can! by Jennifer Morris, Ignite Now Media


WHY PHOTOGRAPHY IS SO IMPORTANT Buyers spend 60% of their

time looking at listing photos. -The Wall Street Journal


Photography

Q &A

Brent Haywood & Seth O’Byrne with

Q:

How many homes have you photographed together?

Brent:

It likely is over 2,000. Seth is one of the most prolific listing agents in San Diego by a long shot. No one can keep up with his production

Q:

Who decides what style to shoot in?

Seth:

Brent has more technical knowledge than any other photographer I have ever been


involved with. His skillset is wide and varied and so we can adapt the shoot style to the house style. That said, I always know going into a shoot what style we want to use and we discuss the strategy for weeks before we actually shoot on site.

Q:

Your friendship is critical to your success I

hear?

Brent:

Seth and I just have fun and it comes out in the work. Neither of us are here to do a job,

this is something we take personally and it comes out in the quality of our photos. We laugh a lot and thats more important that I can explain.

Seth:

Brent and I talk about our shoots late at night, on the weekends and between appointments. We love our creative partnership on photos and beyond it all we pride ourselves in the work we do together. You can’t work at the level we do without sincerely having a friendship underneath it all. By Pacific Magazine, David Perloff


OUR PHOTOGRPHY GOES

ABOVE

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“LITERALLY”


Stars of HGTVs “Hot Properties”

$1 Billion in Team Sales | SDAR “Realtor of the year” SDDT “50 Most Influential Business Leaders in San Diego”

Seth O’Byrne


Mia Tidwell


QA AND

HGTV


HGTV Q&A with Mia Tidwell & Seth O’Byrne by Nicole Reed, Painless Productions

Q:

Watching you guys is a blast, is your energy real?

Mia:

I know it sounds crazy but we are really wired like this. We bounce off the walls even before our first cup of coffee and when HGTV asked to make a show around us we knew it was because we had that energy.

Q:

Has being on HGTV changed your business?

Seth:

It has been massive. Not only do we have HGTV’s real estate audience following our listings via social media now, we have a level of credibility that bleeds over into our home listings. Put simply, consumers believe our listings are more valuable because they know that HGTV is behind our business. That is a mark of excellence that is impossible to replicate

Q:

What have you both learned working with one of the largest TV Networks in the world?

Mia:

We learned that people love real estate and they love stories. It has given us the inspiration to change how we communicate with our followers.

Seth:

HGTV taught us how to lead with education. Whether we are marketing our listings, our company or our communities we lead with education to the prospective buyer. It is a winning formula and we have had a world class education by the best name in the business these past 3 years.

Q: Whats next for HGTV’s favorite new names in real estate?

Mia:

We are diversifying our content and doubling down on other platforms. TV is great but it’s not targeted so we are focusing on the distribution of our stories and our properties on platforms where we can choose who sees them

Seth:

HGTV set the table for us and now its time to use the legitimacy to grow our brand in an even bigger way. We hope to be a household name and use that brand recognition to set more real estate records with our clients.


Only With Us

®

Established in 1976 as a logical extension of Sotheby’s fine art auction services, Sotheby’s International Realty has since developed into the world’s premier luxury residential real estate brokerage offering tremendous advantages. With expertise on the local level, combined with our access to important international markets, we ensure that the homes we represent receive the far-reaching exposure they deserve.

Only With Us

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Privileged Access E XC LUS IV E R E L AT IO N SH IP

Sotheby's has had a revered tradition of bringing the world's most cherished possessions to a global market since 1744. Sotheby's International Realty harnesses the worldwide recognition and prestige of the Sotheby's name along with exclusive marketing opportunities to introduce your home to the world's most qualified buyers. AUC T IO N C L IE N TS

» 68 of Forbes’ 100 World’s Richest People » 136 of Forbes’ 400 Richest Americans » 57 of Forbes’ 100 Richest Americans » 164 of Forbes’ Top 500 CEOs » All 10 of Forbes’ Top 10 Billionaire Art Collectors » 169 of Art News’ Top 200 Collectors » 20% have an average net worth of $20.4 million » Average net worth is $8.4 million *Data based on a survey of 9,200 clients primarily in North America, Europe and Asia

Privileged Access

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Local Experts Worldwide The Sotheby's International Realty network is an exclusive association of distinguished residential brokerage companies throughout the world. Our network alone generates more than $2.1 billion in referral sales volume annually.

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» B R O K E R AG E O F F IC E S

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Strategically located in London, Hong Kong, and Miami, these locations service clients by coordinating operations and events. » S OT H E BY’ S AU C T IO N LO C AT IO N S

Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries, presents auctions in 9 salerooms around the world, and has private sales galleries in New York, Hong Kong and London.

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Local Experts Worldwide

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2019 Transactions by Closed Volume 11.4%

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Although Sotheby's International Realty sells some of the world's most expensive properties, we believe that luxury is an experience, not a price point. We represent homes of the highest quality in all price categories. In 2019, 34% of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s transactions were properties up to $1 million. Information per Brokermetrics and CRMLS for 2019. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Luxury is an Experience

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Leading the Luxury Market The Pacific Sotheby's International Realty offices are comprised of some of the most experienced, professional, and successful agents in California. Âť In Orange County and San Diego County, we have more agents selling properties priced at and above $3 million than any other company in the region.

Âť The sales achievements of our associates have placed us in the top five of fastest growing companies in the nation by transactional volume. Information per Brokermetrics, CRMLS, and REALTrends for 2018 and 2019. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Leading the Luxury Market

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For properties priced at and above $1.5 million, Pacific Sotheby's International Realty achieved the highest market share in Orange County and San Diego County in 2019. Information per Brokermetrics and CRMLS for 2019 - deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Leading Market Share

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In addition to ongoing training for our entire agent base on topics related to architecture and design, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has a select group of associates who have earned the designation of Architectural Specialist. “Our focus is to provide our clients with a significant advantage in the representation of their unique architectural homes. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty honors Architecture as Art and our Architectural Division is its platform for the future.” – Jan Eric Horn, Executive Director, Architectural Division

Architectural Division

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Equestrian Division Whether your riding preference is dressage, stadium jumping or western in style, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division is unmatched in connecting discerning buyers and sellers with exceptional equestrian properties. Our Equestrian Division provides our clients with the professional and experienced direction and specialized marketing strategies needed in the representation of equestrian properties, horse properties, commercial ranches and farms, and luxury estates.

Equestrian Division

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Agents of Change CHANGING THE WORLD ONE HOME AT A TIME

The Agents of Change program enables realtors to create lasting social impact through their real estate transactions. When a realtor becomes an Agent of Change, they donate a portion of their commissions to build and gift homes to families living in slums in Mexico. In partnership with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, World Housing and New Story Charity, the Agents of Change program is a sustainable, long-term giving partnership that provides life-changing homes to people living in unimaginable conditions.

Agents of Change

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White Glove The Sotheby’s International Realty White Glove program is designed to provide luxurious and comprehensive home preparation services with professional project management and no upfront costs. White Glove offers you value at every stage of the home selling or buying process with an exclusive suite of seamless home preparation services powered by notable brands and partners such as Zoom Casa, Sotheby's, and Sotheby's Home. These services include professional staging and design, high-impact upgrades, landscaping, packing and moving, and temporary housing, plus strategic home renovations, valuation services, and furniture consignment. White Glove is the ideal solution for elevating your property and your experience.

White Glove is offered as a service only and is provided and operated exclusively by Zoom Casa. Other third parties on Zoom Casa’s platform are required to meet insurance and other criteria required by Zoom Casa.

White Glove

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Exclusive Network Exposure E - G A L L E RY & G LO B A L B R O C H U R E D IST R IB U T IO N

Our eGallery and global brochure distribution programs create a unique, worldwide reach for your home. The Sotheby’s International Realty eGallery is a real-time, dynamic property slide show displayed on high-definition screens in the Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s auction house locations around the world. Our global brochure distribution program sends your property to a front office display in every Sotheby’s International Realty office and auction house.

Exclusive Network Exposure

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Property Film By providing a video tour of your property and showcasing it prominently with our premier media partners, your home will enjoy greater engagement with buyers. Âť Homes listed with video receive 4x more inquiries than homes listed without (Inman News)

Âť 88% of website visitors stay longer on a site with prominent video displayed (Mist Media)

Âť Videos are shared 1,200% more times than links and text combined (Google)

Property Film

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CURATE Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty is an i n n ovat i ve a u g m e n te d re a l i t y ( A R ) a p p that allows prospective buyers to envision, design, and experience your home like never before. Your home can be transformed using a curated selection of furnishings and dÊcor sets. Available for download in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Curate

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Matterport Virtual Reality Tour Matterport virtual 3D tours provide clients with an interactive and representative experience of a property, whether they’re located across town or overseas. Viewable on sothebysrealty.com and pacificsothebysrealty.com, 3D tours invite buyers to step inside whether they are down the street or a world away.

Matterport Virtual Reality Tour

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Connecting with Your Buyer PRIVILEGED ACCESS TO THE MOST QUALIFIED BUYERS IN THE WORLD


CHRISTIES LEADINGRE KNIGHT FRANK KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

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Share of Voice by Volume BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES

Public Relations T H E VOI C E O F LUXU RY R E A L E STAT E

When it comes to high-quality real estate, we drive the conversation more than any other company. Our in-house public relations team fosters relationships with leading media outlets who generate editorial content on the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, positioning us as the voice of luxury real estate. Our listings frequently receive editorial exposure in a variety of publications, from global newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to local glossy magazines and premium online outlets.

based on number of editorial placements

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Sotheby’s International Realty Coldwell Banker Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Douglas Elliman Engel & Volkers Compass Keller Williams Realty Knight Frank LeadingRE Christies International Real Estate Source: Meltwater, January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

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American history textbooks in different states diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.

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The textbooks cover the same sweeping story, from the brutality of slavery to the struggle for civil rights. The self-evident truths of the founding documents to the waves of immigration that reshaped the nation. The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides. Hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — emerged in a New York Times analysis of eight commonly used

American history textbooks in California and Texas, two of the nation’s largest markets. In a country that cannot come to a consensus on fundamental questions — how restricted capitalism should be, whether immigrants are a burden or a boon, to what extent the legacy of slavery continues to shape American life — textbook publishers are caught in the middle. On these questions and others, classroom materials are not only shaded by politics, but are also helping to shape a generation of future voters. Conservatives have fought for schools to Continued on Page A14

On an annotated Bill of Rights, the California edition of this textbook explains that rulings on the Second Amendment have allowed for some gun regulations. The Texas edition shows only a blank space.

McGraw-Hill, “United States History Since 1877,” Texas, P. 282-283; inset: McGraw-Hill, “United States History & Geography: Continuity and Change,” California, P. 248

A top Iranian military commander made a rare public appeal for forgiveness on Sunday as security forces fired on protesters and outrage over the mistaken downing of a jetliner reignited opposition on the streets and stirred dissent within the government’s conservative base. It was the second day of protests after the military acknowledged early on Saturday that it had launched the missiles that brought down a Ukraine International Airlines jet near the Iranian capital on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. The disaster unfolded amid escalating tensions with the United States over the killing of a revered Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. For the first three days after the crash, Iran denied growing international accusations that it had shot the plane down, and looked as if it was engaged in a cover-up. The Iranian authorities, insisting that the jetliner had gone down for mechanical reasons, refused to cooperate with investigators. They also began to remove some evidence from the scene. But then, as the uproar mounted, Iranian leaders admitted that the military had shot the aircraft down, citing human error. That admission limited the blowback from abroad — but threw a match on the volatile situation at home. Anti-government protests that had quieted when General Suleimani was killed in a drone strike in Iraq rekindled across the country. Still, analysts argued that this latest wave of internal unrest could ultimately strengthen those in Iran who are pressing to confront the United States. Already, Continued on Page A9

Defense Secretary Fails to Back Trump Claim Against Iran By PETER BAKER and THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF

WASHINGTON — They had to kill him because he was planning an “imminent” attack. But how imminent they could not say. Where they could not say. When they could not say. And really, it was more about what he had already done. Or actually it was to stop him from hitting an American embassy. Or four embassies. Or not. For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone strike against Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite security forces, propelling the two nations to the brink of war. Officials agree they had intelligence indicating danger, but the public explanations have shifted by the day and sometimes by the hour. On Sunday came the latest twist. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said he was never shown any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as Mr. Trump had claimed just two days earlier. “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” Mr. Esper said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” But he added: “I share the president’s view that probably — my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. The embassies are the most prominent display of American presence in a country.” The sharp disparity between the president and his defense secContinued on Page A8

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New Arena for #MeToo Cases: Defamation Suits By JULIA JACOBS

Ashley Judd was one of the first women to attach her name to accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, but like many of the claims that followed, her account of intimidating sexual advances was too old to bring Mr. Weinstein to court over. Then a legal window opened to her. After reading about a director’s claim that Mr. Weinstein’s studio, Miramax, had described Ms. Judd as a “nightmare to work with,” she sued the producer for

A Legal Method to Try Old Abuse Claims defamation in 2018. Mr. Weinstein’s rape trial in Manhattan, which began with jury selection last week, is a spectacle not only because he is the avatar of the #MeToo era, but also because it is one of the few sexual assault cases to surface with allegations recent enough to result in criminal charges.

So, unable to pursue justice directly, women and men on both sides of #MeToo are embracing the centuries-old tool of defamation lawsuits, opening an alternative legal battleground for accusations of sexual misconduct. While the facts of the cases vary, the plaintiffs are generally using defamation law not just for its usual purpose — to dissuade damaging speech about them — but also as a tool to enlist the courts to endorse their version of disputed events. This year, key verdicts are exContinued on Page A12

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. proposed a compromise. It was the fall of 2002 and the Bush administration was pushing for sweeping authority to act against Saddam Hussein, claiming he possessed weapons of mass destruction. Some Democrats questioned the stated threat and bristled at President George W. Bush’s broad request. Mr. Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, had been scrambling to draft a bipartisan resolution that would grant Mr. Bush the authority to use military force against Iraq, but was more restrictive than the war authorization that the president had sought. As he often had in his long career, Mr. Biden sought bipartisan middle ground — this time, between those opposed to potential war and the White House desire for more open-ended power. Some antiwar members of his committee resisted this effort, worried that it would still pave the way to conflict. “We disagreed very strenuously,” said former Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California. Mr. Biden’s plan ultimately did not succeed, and he chose to focus on Mr. Bush’s reassurances of a diplomacy-first approach. “At each pivotal moment,” Mr. Biden said of Mr. Bush, “he has chosen a course of moderation and deliberation, and I believe he Continued on Page A17

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Mr. Levi in 2008 was an improvised bomb called an explosively formed penetrator, or E.F.P. — a weapon that blasted a teardropshaped slug of molten copper through the passenger door of his armored Humvee. Though it was fired by Shiite militia members in Iraq, Mr. Levi has sought for years to hold another party responsible: Iran. He and dozens of other soldiers injured during the Iraq war, as well as the families of hundreds of dead service members, have pursued justice in federal court. They sued Iran’s government in an efContinued on Page A8

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to 90 percent off. Rumors of the store’s closing began circulating in August, when a conditional use permit was filed with the City of Poway by Russell Stout and Associates, representing Becker Properties, to remodel the store.

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BY STEVE DREYER Poway water customers may be in line for small credits on an upcoming bill because the six-day boil-water advisory late last year. Pending the council’s likely approval, the typical residential customer will see a one-time credit of about $28.72 in either March or April, depending on which bimonthly billing cycle the customer is on. This includes a $5.29 credit on the fixed rate and $23.43 for water that typically would have been used by the customer during the six days. Seventy-seven percent of residential customers will have a commodity credit of between $10 and $50, depending on how much water they typically use. Granting credits for the six-day period between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 will cost the city approximately $409,000, according to a report prepared for the meeting. The council will be asked to approve spending up to $420,000 from a special general fund reserve account intended for use for “extreme events/public safety.” On Friday, Nov. 29, rainwater entered the city’s 10 million gallon water holding tank near Lake Poway, prompting reports of discolored water from faucets in parts of the city. Although state-certified lab tests showed there was no bacteria in the water and it met all health standards, the state issued a boil-water advisory which impacted city water users and closed 190 restaurants, bars and related water-using businesses. The ban was lifted following repeated testing throughout the week. The council raised the idea of crediting water accounts during its Dec. 6 meeting. Finance Director Aaron Beanan was asked to look into the possibility. The idea was to provide a credit representing 1/8 of the amount of a bimonthly water bill. In his report to the council, Beanan proposes the credits be applied to single-family residential customers, multi-family residential customers and non-residential customers. It would not be applied to landscape irrigation customers, recycle water customers or to city accounts. The council will also take its first, non-voting look at plans for a commercial orchid nursery on 20 acres northwest of Poway Road and Highway 67. Applicant Eric Ho proposes to build 10 greenhouses, each 23,000 square feet in size and 16 feet in SEE WATER, A10

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DEL MAR — Responding to complaints that included a petition signed by 70 residents, the city looked into ways to possibly reduce motorcycle noise, especially along north-and-south running streets in the northern beach area. Based on findings presented at the May 2 meeting, council members concluded there is little they can do. “Our options are extremely limited,” said Councilman Don Mosier, whose main mode of transportation is a motorcycle. “I think it’s a valuable exercise when there’s an issue that’s frustrating to members of the community to do what we’ve done, which is research it,” Councilman Dwight Worden said. “But it’s also important to recognize we can’t

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The textbooks cover the same sweeping story, from the brutality of slavery to the struggle for civil rights. The self-evident truths of the founding documents to the waves of immigration that reshaped the nation. The books have the same publisher. They credit the same authors. But they are customized for students in different states, and their contents sometimes diverge in ways that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides. Hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — emerged in a New York Times analysis of eight commonly used

American history textbooks in California and Texas, two of the nation’s largest markets. In a country that cannot come to a consensus on fundamental questions — how restricted capitalism should be, whether immigrants are a burden or a boon, to what extent the legacy of slavery continues to shape American life — textbook publishers are caught in the middle. On these questions and others, classroom materials are not only shaded by politics, but are also helping to shape a generation of future voters. Conservatives have fought for schools to Continued on Page A14

On an annotated Bill of Rights, the California edition of this textbook explains that rulings on the Second Amendment have allowed for some gun regulations. The Texas edition shows only a blank space.

McGraw-Hill, “United States History Since 1877,” Texas, P. 282-283; inset: McGraw-Hill, “United States History & Geography: Continuity and Change,” California, P. 248

A top Iranian military commander made a rare public appeal for forgiveness on Sunday as security forces fired on protesters and outrage over the mistaken downing of a jetliner reignited opposition on the streets and stirred dissent within the government’s conservative base. It was the second day of protests after the military acknowledged early on Saturday that it had launched the missiles that brought down a Ukraine International Airlines jet near the Iranian capital on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. The disaster unfolded amid escalating tensions with the United States over the killing of a revered Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. For the first three days after the crash, Iran denied growing international accusations that it had shot the plane down, and looked as if it was engaged in a cover-up. The Iranian authorities, insisting that the jetliner had gone down for mechanical reasons, refused to cooperate with investigators. They also began to remove some evidence from the scene. But then, as the uproar mounted, Iranian leaders admitted that the military had shot the aircraft down, citing human error. That admission limited the blowback from abroad — but threw a match on the volatile situation at home. Anti-government protests that had quieted when General Suleimani was killed in a drone strike in Iraq rekindled across the country. Still, analysts argued that this latest wave of internal unrest could ultimately strengthen those in Iran who are pressing to confront the United States. Already, Continued on Page A9

Defense Secretary Fails to Back Trump Claim Against Iran By PETER BAKER and THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF

WASHINGTON — They had to kill him because he was planning an “imminent” attack. But how imminent they could not say. Where they could not say. When they could not say. And really, it was more about what he had already done. Or actually it was to stop him from hitting an American embassy. Or four embassies. Or not. For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone strike against Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite security forces, propelling the two nations to the brink of war. Officials agree they had intelligence indicating danger, but the public explanations have shifted by the day and sometimes by the hour. On Sunday came the latest twist. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said he was never shown any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as Mr. Trump had claimed just two days earlier. “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” Mr. Esper said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” But he added: “I share the president’s view that probably — my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. The embassies are the most prominent display of American presence in a country.” The sharp disparity between the president and his defense secContinued on Page A8

Biden Haunted By 2002 Vote For Iraq War By KATIE GLUECK and THOMAS KAPLAN

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Eruption Rattles Philippines Taal, a volcano about 40 miles south of Manila, forced thousands to evacuate on Sunday. Page A6.

New Arena for #MeToo Cases: Defamation Suits By JULIA JACOBS

Ashley Judd was one of the first women to attach her name to accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, but like many of the claims that followed, her account of intimidating sexual advances was too old to bring Mr. Weinstein to court over. Then a legal window opened to her. After reading about a director’s claim that Mr. Weinstein’s studio, Miramax, had described Ms. Judd as a “nightmare to work with,” she sued the producer for

A Legal Method to Try Old Abuse Claims defamation in 2018. Mr. Weinstein’s rape trial in Manhattan, which began with jury selection last week, is a spectacle not only because he is the avatar of the #MeToo era, but also because it is one of the few sexual assault cases to surface with allegations recent enough to result in criminal charges.

So, unable to pursue justice directly, women and men on both sides of #MeToo are embracing the centuries-old tool of defamation lawsuits, opening an alternative legal battleground for accusations of sexual misconduct. While the facts of the cases vary, the plaintiffs are generally using defamation law not just for its usual purpose — to dissuade damaging speech about them — but also as a tool to enlist the courts to endorse their version of disputed events. This year, key verdicts are exContinued on Page A12

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. proposed a compromise. It was the fall of 2002 and the Bush administration was pushing for sweeping authority to act against Saddam Hussein, claiming he possessed weapons of mass destruction. Some Democrats questioned the stated threat and bristled at President George W. Bush’s broad request. Mr. Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, had been scrambling to draft a bipartisan resolution that would grant Mr. Bush the authority to use military force against Iraq, but was more restrictive than the war authorization that the president had sought. As he often had in his long career, Mr. Biden sought bipartisan middle ground — this time, between those opposed to potential war and the White House desire for more open-ended power. Some antiwar members of his committee resisted this effort, worried that it would still pave the way to conflict. “We disagreed very strenuously,” said former Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California. Mr. Biden’s plan ultimately did not succeed, and he chose to focus on Mr. Bush’s reassurances of a diplomacy-first approach. “At each pivotal moment,” Mr. Biden said of Mr. Bush, “he has chosen a course of moderation and deliberation, and I believe he Continued on Page A17

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The Tortoise and the Heirs Diego, a giant tortoise, helped save his species by fathering 40 percent of the offspring in a breeding program. PAGE A6

Judith Sheindlin, the no-nonsense TV star, is entering politics by campaigning PAGE A18 for Michael R. Bloomberg. NEW YORK A20, 22

Mr. Levi in 2008 was an improvised bomb called an explosively formed penetrator, or E.F.P. — a weapon that blasted a teardropshaped slug of molten copper through the passenger door of his armored Humvee. Though it was fired by Shiite militia members in Iraq, Mr. Levi has sought for years to hold another party responsible: Iran. He and dozens of other soldiers injured during the Iraq war, as well as the families of hundreds of dead service members, have pursued justice in federal court. They sued Iran’s government in an efContinued on Page A8

Big Start, Bigger Comeback

Senator Chuck Schumer knows the Senate is unlikely to convict President Trump. So he is focusing on what conPAGE A10 stitutes a fair trial.

Judge Judy Picks Bloomberg

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Chris Levi’s fellow soldiers were sure he was dead. The Humvee he commanded in Baghdad had been torn apart by a projectile, and so had his body. When he awoke several minutes later, he followed his training, trying to assess his injuries. “I tried to wiggle my toes, and I couldn’t move them,” he recalled. Fearing he had been paralyzed, he reached down to feel his lower body. “It’s kind of hard to describe,” he said. “You could feel wet meat, and I knew I lost my legs.” The device that nearly killed

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Minority Leader’s Challenge

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY CELESTE SLOMAN FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

Chris Levi, left, lost his legs in an attack linked to Iran. Kelli Hake and her son, Gage, lost their husband and father to a bomb in Iraq.

Lost Lives and Limbs in Iraq, And Justice in a Missile Strike

The Texans surged to a 24-0 lead in an A.F.C. divisional-round playoff game. Then the Chiefs started scoring. And scoring. And scoring. In the N.F.C., the Packers held off the Seahawks. PAGE D4 BUSINESS B1-8

Bipartisan About Newspapers Lawmakers from both parties blame companies like Facebook and Google for PAGE B1 the struggles of local papers.

They No Longer Have Paris

A Plan for Penn Station

Spotty Facial Recognition

Short of cash and influence, France’s Socialist Party moved its base to a former factory in the suburbs. PAGE A4

With the quest to build new tunnels stalled, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made PAGE A20 another proposal.

In Florida, where law enforcement has long used the technology, an inside look PAGE B1 at its risks and rewards.

A Tennis Mom’s Milestone Serena Williams beat Jessica Pegula on Sunday in the ASB Classic in New Zealand for her first singles tournament title since giving birth to her daughter, PAGE D6 Olympia, in 2017. EDITORIAL, OP-ED A26-27

David Leonhardt

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Looking for Looted Treasures Polish museums are believed to still hold items left behind by the Nazis. Above, van Goyen’s “Huts on a Canal.” PAGE C1

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