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San Diego water: You will pay

Even if the drought miraculously ends, water will be taking money from your pocketbook.

March was supposed to come in with a deluge. But populated areas got disappointingly little rain. And the rest of the month has been desert-dry. An El Niño may help later, but that’s iffy. Maybe ...

Scripps Ranch to Walmart: Put it in Mira Mesa

This would substantially alter the character of Scripps Ranch,” fumes Jenny Marshall, whose 15-member Save Our Scripps (“SOS”) Ranch group is determined to stop a big-box project from crashing the gates of the “Ranch.” In ...

Who told the feds about Azano? Bob Brewer, that’s who.

Bob Brewer gleefully shouts how Bonnie Dumanis is cozy with Mexican moneybags Azano. But it was Brewer who initially put the Feds on Azano's tail.

The roommate who wanted the music turned down is dead

Goat noises and howling

“He attempted to punch me in the face as he ran towards me,” said Carlsbad police detective Scott Stallman. The murder suspect had become increasingly “agitated” and “animated” after detectives confronted him with evidence that ...

What’s laundered and what’s dark political money?

Laundered money in politics is money whose source is hidden. Dark money is political spending by tax-exempt organizations that don't have to reveal individual donors and might not reveal donations until the election is over.

Airport cabbies Uber angry

Mustachioed ride-sharing puts pinch on traditional cabbies.

“If San Diego were a human body, then San Diego airport would be the butt,” said a taxi driver at San Diego International Airport. He was referring to how he felt cabbies are treated since ...

Bread and circuses

Roman leaders mollified the masses by providing food handouts and violent games to enjoy. Is this happening again in America?

Bread and circuses. Back in the Roman Empire, those were the keys to diverting the public’s attention from political greed and corruption — and, particularly, from the massive gap between the rich and the poor. ...

County Office of Education loves to pay lawyers

Rodger Hartnett won’t stop fighting the San Diego County Office of Education.

Wolf on Wall Street? No, Scumbag

Tony Elgindy, back living in San Diego area after a long spell in prison, helped finger the Wolf of Wall Street, who got off easy for egregious crimes.

Will Nicolas Marsch get invited to Jewel Ball?

Patricia and Nicolas Marsch III are society darlings, but judges in San Diego and Florida doubt Nicolas's credibility.

A Florida judge awarded a billion dollars in damages to builder Lennar Corporation in a defamation suit against Nicolas Marsch III and fraudster-turned-pastor Barry Minkow. Marsch filed bankruptcy. Minkow went back to prison.

E-cigs face enormous obstacles

San Diego vaporizer salesmen see the devices as instrumental in weaning smokers from tobacco smoke. They refute the notion that “vaping” is attracting children. Legislators seem to be lumping the practice in with tobacco smoking and all its accompanying prohibitions.

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