Yes…no...yes to public-financed sports

Former Padres head Lucchino seeks taxpayer funds for baseball team

Larry Lucchino, former president of the Padres, was a driving force in the massive subsidies that built Petco Park and lined John Moores's pockets. Earlier, Lucchino had also loved subsidies when he pushed for a ...

Legalese in long-hand

From jail, Michael T. Pines says some trying to murder him

During the housing crisis, North County attorney Michael T. Pines advised clients who had lost their homes to foreclosure to break in and retake the house, even though new owners had taken title. Pines was ...

City hall crimes veiled by anonymity

Unidentified employee quietly cops grand theft plea in six-figure theft and bribery case

Crime, fraud, and miscellaneous malfeasance may be taking a major turn for the worse at San Diego's city hall, judging from the most recent Quarterly Fraud Hotline Report from the city auditor. But because of ...

SeaWorld's leased land is their land

"[A] further step toward the ability of corporations to privatize public parks."

The public has no right to stage protests on park land leased to SeaWorld in Mission Bay, an appellate court ruled this week in a decision a lawyer representing a handful of protesters is calling ...

Two lawyers walk into a swamp...

Cory Briggs and Sarichia Cacciatore mired in details of deposition

Adding Sarichia Cacciatore's name to the list of members of San Diegans for Open Government available for depositions in the lawsuit over the hotel tax was a costly error by the group's attorney — and ...

Married for 22 years, stabbed 30 times

Man who admits murdering his wife expects 20 years prison

A 50-year-old Mexican national admitted stabbing his wife to death and expects to get 20 years in a California state prison at his sentencing next month. The admission on the felony plea deal form reads: ...

No Sun God class-dodging, professors told

Faculty warned Snoop Dogg's UCSD blowout shouldn't have day of recovery

Rapper Snoop Dogg is set to come to UCSD next month to headline the school's controversial Sun God festival, noted for alcohol poisonings and drug overdoses, and officials there are already plotting ways to keep ...

Utilities on the trail to tiers

Electricity rate spikes move closer to reality

An administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission has issued a proposed decision on a push by utility companies, including San Diego Gas & Electric, for a rate hike for lower-tier customers. If ...

The party house next door

Cities, state debate residential vacation rentals

While local cities continue to seek regulations on short-term vacation rentals, a bill making its way to the state legislature may provide the teeth needed for effective enforcement. Unless, that is, web businesses like Airbnb ...

Is the smartphone fad dying?

Chip-making Qualcomm not feeling so strong

Qualcomm yesterday (April 22) predicted weaker-than-expected revenue and earnings for its third quarter. The chip-maker said its third quarter net income will be 67 cents to 82 cents a share on sales of $5.4 billion ...

Not high but dry in Oceanside

Pot dispensary claims their above-board dealings with sheriff led to bust

Eighteen members of a medical marijuana collective are suing San Diego County and the sheriff's department for false arrest and for conducting an illegal search and seizure of marijuana plants in September of 2014. The ...

Surprise! San Diegans are good budgeters

Study suggests locals are mindful about saving dough to avoid debt

Statistics show it: San Diego has a median household income that is moderately higher than the nation's, but the cost of living — particularly housing — is far higher than the national average. Locals call ...

Put that in your pipeline and smoke it

"California was AWOL in fighting against fraud, manipulation…"

The United States Supreme Court decided today (April 21) that companies can sue under state antitrust laws when they believe pipeline companies are committing fraud by manipulating indexes they use to figure the market price ...

Clinton Democrats back Issa staffer tour

$3000 European junket paid for by "Third Way" DC think tank

It used to be that San Diego County's most traveled congressional office belonged to Democrat Susan Davis, who over the years has run up an impressive string of tabs, picked up by special interests, to ...

Port District parking cost to rise

PR spin touts "modern, user-friendly interface to visitors" — Yay!

The price to park is set to spike across San Diego's bay front, following approval last week by the Port of San Diego of the purchase and installation of 520 new solar-powered "smart meters" and ...

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