Cronies and fricassee in DC

Water lobbyist sponsors Mayor Faulconer's reception in nation's capital

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer had a grand time in Washington DC with the local chamber of commerce, fellow politicos, and the nation's infrastructure lobby earlier this month, based on an official itinerary of the ...

Manufacturing: wages good but jobs down

Computers, aerospace, golf equipment lead the way

Last year, manufacturing jobs in San Diego County paid an average wage of $75,800, up stoutly from the average wage of $53,800 throughout the private sector, according to data compiled by the National University System ...

Million-dollar lawyer

Illinois attorney practicing in San Diego stole big bucks from the elderly

The Illinois Supreme Court this month disbarred Brian P. Lee of Wheaton, Illinois. On February 19 of this year, Lee pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego to participating in a scheme to embezzle ...

Bribes for the bankers

National City Bank implicated in loan-bidding scam

On Friday (September 26), Israel Hechter, owner of a San Diego mortgage investment firm Ocean 18, admitted that he paid $1 million in bribes to bank insiders at JP Morgan Chase, GMAC Mortgage, and National ...

Kilroy's cronies

Decision on One Paseo plan may yet be in L.A. realty company's favor

The community has spoken. Now it's time for San Diego's planning commission to decide the fate of One Paseo, Kilroy Realty’s proposed mixed-use development planned for Carmel Valley. Earlier this month, on September 12, the ...

Manchester's immodest Burnham buildup

Wild claims and GOP money mark U-T publisher's peculiar path

It's almost election time, usually the season Douglas Manchester opens his checkbook wide for favored GOP causes. As if not to disappoint, the mega-millionaire developer and U-T San Diego publisher came up with $25,000 for ...

Angels flip off Snow White

But unlikely to get public money elsewhere in Southland.

The Angeles American League baseball team yesterday (September 26) broke off negotiations with the City of Anaheim over a deal for a renovated stadium. Negotiations had been going on for a year. The team would ...

Hands off the vodka

Suit says "handmade" vodka never touches human hands

Del Mar Law Group, which is making a name for itself suing companies for phony marketing, has filed a putative class action suit in Superior Court, stating that Austin, Texas-based Tito's Handmade Vodka is not ...

Contractor outed by ironworkers

Past violations include lack of safety equipment and drinkable water

Local ironworkers are taking aim at North America Sekisui House (NASH), a national developer with offices in San Diego, asking the firm to reconsider its business relationship with a San Clemente–based subcontractor accused of wage ...

Drug-fueled Sun God chomps into UCSD budget

Task force says another committee needed for more study

How much did it cost to stage this year's Sun God, the annual drug and alcohol-plagued rock festival at the center of an ongoing internal controversy at UCSD over the May 17 drug overdose death ...

Deploy the teenager

One out of four La Mesans bought booze for minors

One in four La Mesa residents approached recently by minor decoys seeking access to alcohol have been arrested after willingly providing booze to teenagers, La Mesa police are reporting. Funded by a $21,668 state grant, ...

A matter of Pride…and .org and .com

Website featuring updates on Carl DeMaio's congressional run under the gun

Log on to for "the ultimate guide to San Diego pride parties and events." Log on to for all official news and announcements from the nonprofit in charge of organizing the annual gay ...

Her husband, the rapist

Julie Harper claims she shot him before he could attack her again

Forty-one-year-old accused murderer Julie Harper was in the witness box all day yesterday, September 24. She said she began the morning of August 7, 2012, with another argument with her husband; he was angry, she ...

Faulconer chooses scandal-linked lobbyist

Darius Anderson — fined $500,000 in 2010 — to be new influence peddler

At first glance, stranger bedfellows couldn’t be had than ex-San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, the voluble Democratic ex-Assembly speaker, and Kevin Faulconer, the former public relations diva who is San Diego's GOP mayor. But in ...

"Military style" pot raid backfires

Duffy, Dumanis, Gore, Zimmerman "treat our citizens as enemy combatants"

A couple arrested for unlawful cultivation of marijuana and who subsequently was cleared of the charges has filed a federal complaint against law-enforcement agencies over what they say was an illegal raid of their Ramona ...

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