PG&E to pony up big for San Bruno explosion

Though judges lowered payout, it will be largest fine ever if okayed

Two California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judges ruled today (September 2) that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) must pay $1.4 billion in fines and penalties for safety violations that led to the 2010 ...

Sun God kills, baby

Autopsy on student’s overdose death adds to UCSD drug woes

The post-mortem on a UCSD computer-science student who died hours after this year's controversial Sun God festival has finally been released, confirming widely held suspicions that an illicit drug was responsible for the fatality and ...

Collection-call nightmare

Cancer patient sues Kaiser, alleges harassment

A San Diego man is pursuing two lawsuits against healthcare giant Kaiser, claiming that his first suit alleging harassment and violation of state debt collection law wasn't enough to keep the organization's collectors at bay. ...

Bitter split at San Diego Opera

Former president says she will neither donate nor attend

The arts section of today's (September 1) New York Times has a generally bullish story on the attempted turnaround of the San Diego Opera. The headline tells the story: "Amid Choruses of Despair, an Aria ...

Poll: San Diegans don't want to subsidize stadium

Even the U-T runs a tiny, buried blurb on the countywide survey

On August 26, Solana Beach–based (W)right On Communications, a public relations firm, announced results of a poll of 375 county residents: 63 percent of county residents would oppose the City of San Diego funding construction ...

Romney's La Jolla teardown not priceless

Lobbying expenses for Dunemere project at least $62,000

Presumably they've got Labor Day off, but demolition and construction crews along a certain well-heeled street in La Jolla have lately been as busy as the inhabitants of the symbolic Mormon beehive. As noted last ...

La Jollans allegedly caught with phony checks

Authorities say they caught the couple in Lake Arrowhead

According to the Alpenhorn News, La Jollan Michael John Baron and his wife, Sharon McCall-Baron, have been charged with manufacturing phony checks, using a computer and software program. The newspaper heard from a sheriff's department ...

Thanks, mule

San Diego woman rescued in Mono County

At 2:45 p.m., on August 26, the Mono County Sheriff’s Department received a call that a 77-year-old San Diego woman became quite ill and was unable to continue with her hiking group. She reportedly had ...

Palomar Mountain Marijuana Co. goes bust

Real estate agent falsely reports girlfriend's income as $420K/year

Marco Luis and Joshua Hester were longtime friends and business partners. "As a real estate agent, Luis had the know-how. As a career marijuana dealer, Hester had the cash," notes a decision from the Ninth ...

Warning and message from deportees

Settlement could allow voluntary returnees a second chance at American life

The federal Department of Homeland Security has agreed, as a result of a settlement announced in San Diego courts this week, to inform undocumented immigrants of the consequences of voluntarily submitting to deportation. The news ...

Hope for the little people

Has CPUC given up on $3.3 billion ripoff?

At a meeting on September 11, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was expected to take up the so-called "settlement" by which ratepayers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric were to ...

Goldsmith to argue against his own legal opinion

Last year’s Filner fracas has city attorney on slippery slope

City attorney Jan Goldsmith and his lawyers must turn over closed-session transcripts from last year's [public feud][1] with then-mayor Bob Filner to Superior Court judge Richard Strauss to determine what, if anything, will be released ...

LaDainian Tomlinson's brutal history

Austin reporter writes about Tomlinson Hill cotton plantation in Texas

Tomlinson is a famous name in San Diego, thanks to the family's most noted member, former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. It's the same in Texas, but these days another who bears the Tomlinson name ...

Former Filner funders flow to Faulconer

Border kingpins and Mexican sewage mogul help pay down mayor's debt

It used to be that campaign committees for San Diego politicos closed up shop within a week or two after the election, holding a victory or consolation party, paying off a few bills, and occasionally ...

A chip off the bold Rock

Ex-con says mega-church fired him for reporting child molester

A pastor formerly employed by the Rock mega-church, a Point Loma–based operation with more than 16,000 members, claims that he was fired in an attempt to stop him from testifying in a child-molestation case brought ...

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