Instant Checkmate defied Fair Credit Reporting Act

FTC spanks local consumer-report provider

San Diego–based Instant Checkmate has agreed to pay $525,000 to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The company, using public records, sells information about consumers (addresses, ...

Drywall company kicked off $6 million job

Canadian company began work without license, faces fine

A Canadian drywall contractor was kicked off the job at the $150 million, 45-story Pinnacle Towers development on the 1400 block of Island Avenue downtown for failing to obtain a California contractor's license, the state ...

U-T raises street sales price

Jumps from $1.00 to $1.50

The U-T has boosted the price of its street-sales papers to $1.50 from $1.00, confirmed Harry Woldt, circulation director. He does not expect street sales to go down much as a result of the boost, ...

Hillary Clinton takes fire downtown

Day after shoe-throwing incident, she skips speech at medical convention

A pair of protest groups descended on the convention center Friday morning, April 11, to picket outside a medical convention, only to find that their target, former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate Hillary ...

Camp Pendleton contractors settle fraud claims

F-Y Inc., RQ Construction, Harper Construction Inc., to pony up

A host of Southern California contractors has agreed to pay the federal government $1.9 million to settle claims that they made fraudulent allegations in order to win bids on major construction projects at Camp Lejeune ...

$80,000 fine in Filner and Dumanis cash case

City ethics commission settles out with La Jolla luxury car dealer

The San Diego city ethics commission has reached a stipulated agreement with La Jolla luxury car dealer Marc Chase to fork over a hefty penalty in the political-money-laundering case involving a Mexican national, GOP district ...

CSU San Marcos to study surfers

Seeks to qualify wave-riding as viable exercise routine

While surfers have long agreed that their pastime provides for an intense workout in addition to its recreational and psychological rewards, a professor at California State University San Marcos has set out with a team ...

City cracks down on another pot dispensary

“[J]uvenile, who appeared to be 13 years old,” mentioned in complaint

While the city's newly adopted medical marijuana ordinance awaits final approval from the California Coastal Commission, city attorney Jan Goldsmith has continued his legal assault on dispensary owners and the property owners who lease to ...

Manure stench plagues anti-Fletcher donor

Escondido developer with San Diego lobbyist opens front against neighbors

Could a political contribution by any other name smell sweeter to San Diego Republicans? That seems to be one of two persistent questions for Los Angeles developer Michael Schlesinger, who has been battling nearby residents ...

San Diego Opera head says all want to save company

But statement on Campbells' pay still enigmatic

Chairwoman Karen Cohn of the San Diego Opera today (April 10) issued a statement that suggests there has been a complete turnaround in sentiment. But her statement about the pay of Ian and Ann Campbell ...

Man admits Vista robbery — but not murder attempt

Phillip Edwards Miller expects six years prison

A man who has been fighting an attempted-murder charge for years made a plea deal on April 8, the day his case was set for jury selection. Phillip Edwards Miller, previously identified as Phillip Esquire ...

PriceSmart suspends accounts of Cuban officials

Says it is merely complying with U.S. law

PriceSmart Jamaica, subsidiary of San Diego's PriceSmart, suspended the accounts of residents and staff of the Cuban Embassy and consular offices in Jamaica, according to the publication Gleaner. PriceSmart has warehouse clubs throughout much of ...

Three border officials face charges

Allegedly tried to push Alan Bersin–linked candidates

On Tuesday (April 8), the United States Office of Special Counsel filed complaints against three Customs and Border Protection officials, alleging they unlawfully manipulated the hiring process to put the favored candidates of Alan Bersin ...

Two former Chargers file NFL concussion lawsuit

Helmet manufacturer also charged with negligence

Not only did the National Football League spend years withholding critical information about head injuries from its players, the league's primary helmet supplier knowingly produced and equipped players with a defective product, two former Chargers ...

Escondido truck vandal faces charges

David Gordon Huntley claims he was temporarily insane

A man on probation is accused of causing $5000 damage to a truck sitting on an Escondido car lot two months ago. At a court hearing on April 7, defendant David Gordon Huntley heard evidence ...