Oh, no — the judge looks like the accused

Defense attorney asks for suspension of Christopher Lee murder trial

The murder case against Christopher Brandon Lee was suspended at a hearing in a San Bernardino County courthouse today, May 26. Defense attorney David Kaloyanides had petitioned an appeals court four weeks ago, on April ...

Tased into submission and amputations

Sheriff and deputies sued for excessive force, causing brain damage

Attorneys for a man who suffered permanent brain damage after being repeatedly stunned by a sheriff deputy's taser are suing the County of San Diego, two deputies, and sheriff William Gore for failing to properly ...

As we whistle past the graveyard...

Union-Tribune employees got layoff announcements today

As expected, today (May 26) was the Union-Tribune's layoff announcement date. According to whispers among employees at the company, 179 employees got a layoff notice, but that is not confirmed. I could not get a ...

UCSD's $100,000 National Geographic adventure

Tax-funded university helps pay for Fox channel's SeaWorld hype, but not foreign junkets

How much does it cost to get a lengthy plug on the National Geographic Channel, a partner of Rupert Murdoch's international media empire? In the case of the University of California, San Diego, it was ...

Union-Tribune’s new master claims his due

Publisher got $1.2 million for last year's four and a half months in L.A. Times spot

The nation’s daily newspapers are having a rough financial time of it. At least some of their executives, on the other hand, aren't doing so badly. Among them is Austin M. Beutner, the former Wall ...

Power company's Darling

Utilities commission judge and Edison had cozy relationship

A new batch of emails released Friday, May 22, in the California Public Utilities Commission probe show snug and questionable relationships between an administrative law judge and Southern California Edison. The role of Michael Peevey, ...

Better read than dead

U-T layoff plans supposed to be announced Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 26, the new ownership of the U-T is expected to announce layoff plans. The press room will certainly be wiped away, as Douglas Manchester will retain the Mission Valley building and the ...

SD unemployment rate down to 4.8 percent

County gained 40,900 jobs from a year ago

The San Diego County employment rate was 4.8 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent in March and below the 6.1 percent of a year earlier. Between March and April, the number of nonfarm jobs ...

Four hours to find the shutoff valve?!

Business owner sues city for $48,941 water bill

It took four hours for City of San Diego Public Utilities Department workers to respond to a water-line break at a La Jolla business in September 2014. During that four-hour window, amid numerous calls and ...

Wheels of regress

City attorney's office scores Walmart settlement — nothing for consumers!

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has agreed to pay $820,000 in fines and legal fees to the City of San Diego and two other California counties to settle a consumer protection suit. San Diego, along with the ...

A gas-fired power plant for Carlsbad

Utilities commissioner sides with SDG&E, trumps judge's recommendation

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Thursday morning (May 21) to approve a slightly scaled-down version of a gas-fired power plant proposed for construction along the Carlsbad coast. "This decision is just more of ...

U-T San Diego now belongs to L.A.

Political coverage to change under new ownership, CEO suggests

"Papa" Douglas Manchester's rowdy reign as the big-money Republican owner of the U-T San Diego has come to the end with the closing of his $83 million deal to sell the newspaper and its smaller ...

What will One Paseo look like?

Despite compromise and progress, new design isn't drawn yet

After six years of fighting, some residents of Carmel Valley got what they wanted on May 21: a scaled-down version of Los Angeles–based Kilroy Realty's mixed-use project, One Paseo. Moments before a city-council hearing to ...

Cate debt fund gets big Kilroy cash

Lobbyist and execs backing lucrative One Paseo ante up for payoff committee

The ongoing battle between Los Angeles–area real estate giants Kilroy Realty and Donahue Schriber over the fate of Kilroy's One Paseo mega-development has been financially fortuitous for both San Diego's city hall lobbying corps and ...

Grain thief caught

Cops witness felon backing up truck at Twisted Manzanita

An El Cajon man is under arrest after being caught stealing grain from the Santee headquarters of Twisted Manzanita Ales, a noted East County microbrewery/distillery. Twisted Manzanita had previously reported four separate thefts of spent ...

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