When we last requested crime data from SANDAG, 3 years ago, it took four months of negotiation to get them to admit they could produce it, and two more months to get the price down to a reasonable amount.
Last week when I requested an update, I got one clarification email, then a phone call, and the files were in my inbox a few minutes later. Thanks SANDAG! As a bonus, the data is now geocoded to census block and track, making the files more immediately analyzable.
You can find both the old data file and the new one in an Ambry package on our new data repository.