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San Diego’s 2014 economy looking so-so

Sorta Happy New Year

San Diego economy this year will be weak, very much like last year.

Inlaws and outlaws

Shots fired on the San Pascual Res

Michelle Ortega said Richard Murillo showed her the gun when he met her down by the front gate of her property on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center. It was after 11 o’clock ...

The City’s Code Monitoring Team: Foxes guard the henhouse

The City of San Diego’s Code Monitoring Team is comprised of 18 members responsible for finding holes in San Diego’s code and offering ideas on how to fill them. But over the years, the team has become policy-driven, concerned more with crafting ordinances than drafting fixes to the current code.

Gildred gets the award, but was he the innovator?

Tom Gildred takes bows for creating Emerald Textiles, but appellate court decision says somebody else was the innovator.

Fed shovels money to Wall Street, not Main Street

Central bank creates money for those who already have it.

Wall Street, with its ties to housing and the auto industry, has prospered during these years following the government bailout via “qualitative easing.” The little people? We have done terribly.

Man punches dog, scares cats

Steals from elderly, punches animals...now we pay for his lodging.

Kenny Lowary is accused of stealing from the elderly and punching a police dog. Now taxpayers pay for his accommodations.

Lady Catarina has a new name

Lady Catarina Pietra Toumei and two accomplices were charged with attempting to defraud investors by claiming to be connected to the Guggenheim family as they tried to make multimillion- and billion-dollar deals for diamonds, gold, oil, and works of art. Last year she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and got two years of probation. Now she has changed her name, but has she changed her ways?

Super-rich buy newspapers, but...

Now the nabobs can natter in the newspapers they have purchased

Fat cats are buying newspapers. Should journalists rejoice? Not yet. The nabobs’ widely varying strategies for turning around their papers have not yet been tested. Warren Buffett, the multibillionaire wizard of Omaha, has his company, ...

City sides with developers, residents, developers again

The developer wanted more bang for its buck, the city obliged — but Rolando won’t roll over

The Boulevard at 63rd development in Rolando, formerly known as Centrepoint Luxury Apartments, becomes center of controversy as developer Carmel Partners converts the project into a quasi-dormitory that was approved by the city. Rolandans fight back, saying that a proper review wasn’t carried out before construction began.

Shell game for athletes

Pro athletes get caught in Ponzi schemes

San Diegans Bill C. (Billy) Crafton, Jr., and Todd LaRocca, representing the San Diego branch of SunTrust Banks’ Sports and Entertainment Specialty Group, allegedly bilked millions from professional sports players through a shell company named Westmoore.

Zip tie terror

The photographer brought zip-ties and duct tape

Matthew Nathan Terrell pretended he was a photographer to lure a college girl to a motel room. Once she was there, Terrell allegedly attempted to bind her with zip-ties. There was a struggle and the girl was able to get away after biting him more than once.

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