At least Lorena is trying

Assembly bill would require hearings before raises for utility company execs

A bill that seeks to require state oversight on utility executive bonuses is working its way through the Sacramento legislature. Assembly Bill 1266, introduced by local assemblywoman and onetime labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, would require ...

Thanks, alleged global warming

San Diego hotels' occupancy rate and prices jumped last month

Occupancy and average daily room rate of hotels in warmer climates have done well this year, and San Diego is one of the leaders, says Jerry Morrison of Encinitas-based Morrison & Co. According to Smith ...

At least Granddad Sefton cared

Years of court give way to ruling in favor of disinherited Thomas Jr.

When Tom Sefton, scion of the San Diego banking family, died in 2006, he left nothing to Thomas Sefton Jr., his son by his first marriage. He left most of the estate to his children ...

Park of dreams remains that way

Budget doesn’t include $5 million needed for Ocean View Hills project

Residents of Ocean View Hills, a residential community east of Otay Mesa in South San Diego, have been waiting for a park to be built for 13 years. A site has been selected on Del ...

New U-T San Diego vice-boss same as the old

Mission Valley newspaper welcomes back exec from Platinum Equity days

U-T San Diego, the newspaper and website owned by Republican kingpin and San Diego mega-developer Douglas Manchester, has lately been twisting in a gale of uncertainty over its future, and a recent executive move may ...

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 last week. A lawyer representing a handful of protesters is calling the judgment “one ...

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 ...

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