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 ...

Trillion-dollar charity man

And then there's the one about his mining company worth $86 billion

Mark Twain defined a gold mine as a hole in the ground with a liar on the top. Meet William Ison. He pleaded guilty yesterday (August 27) to wooing investors into a private placement program ...

Pretty slick, City

Lawsuit challenges "euphemistically labeled 'assessments'" — taxes!

It's official, expanding the convention center through the use of a special tax on hotel guests is not going to happen. Yesterday, August 27, city councilmembers decided against appealing a court ruling that deemed the ...

Not exactly chicken feed

Hewlett-Packard executive assistant embezzled $1 million

Holli Dawn Coulman yesterday (August 27) pleaded guilty to defrauding Hewlett-Packard of almost $1 million between 2008 and 2012. She was an executive assistant to a senior vice president of a San Diego branch of ...

Total Wealth mis-Management

Radio show used to promote fraud — ill-gotten money went into gun shop

On April 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged that Total Wealth Management, a San Diego investment firm headed by Jacob Cooper, had taken kickbacks without informing its clients. The firm's regular KOGO radio ...

The mayor's wife's power boat is sold

Restaurant Events, Inc., listed as owner

A 28-foot power boat listed in the name of Restaurant Events, Inc., the company owned by Katherine Stuart, wife of mayor Kevin Faulconer, has been sold. Wayne C. Jones Yacht & Ship Brokerage reported online ...

Killer of the mother of his children

Arturo Salazar sentenced to 26 years to life

An Oceanside man who murdered the mother of his two children and then hid her body under the bed was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison today, August 26. Last month, a jury ...

Putting the "Public" back into the CPUC

Senate bill could change the way utilities commission operates

State senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat of San Mateo, has introduced a bill that would require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to conform to state open-meeting laws. The roots of this proposed bill are ...

Paranoia will destroy ya

Fake cops demand cash to clear bogus warrants

A phone scam employing the threat of arrest is bilking money out of local residents, sheriff's deputies warn. In early 2013, local authorities uncovered an operation in which individuals posing as sheriff's deputies would contact ...

KPBS takes fresh bite of sex story

State-owned broadcaster offers new spin on campus violence and harassment

The clock began ticking June 24 with the release of a state audit blasting San Diego State University and sister institutions for failing to deal with increased incidents of campus sexual harassment and violence. The ...

Shriners as burn victims

Group files lawsuit for damages to 25-acre camp destroyed in 2013

Members of the Al Bahr Mount Laguna Shrine Camp are asking the federal government to take responsibility for the loss of their 90-year-old lodge and 116 cabins destroyed in the Chariot Fire in 2013. Shriners ...

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