No jail time, but a $114,000 fine

Securities agency suspends SD lawyer Robert Weaver

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday suspended San Diego attorney Robert C. Weaver, Jr. for his role in a scheme to sell phony shell companies. Weaver wrote "opinion of legality" letters and filled out ...

Congressman Peters and the dark arts

Newspaper king of attack campaigns bemoans “slimy affair"

Before it began, San Diego power players predicted that victory in the battle between Democratic House freshman Scott Peters and GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio would ultimately come down to big money and the dark ...

Quite the grand larceny, if proven true

Suit says CA public utilities commission violated 5th Amendment

Last evening (November 13), attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson filed a suit in federal court saying that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Southern California Edison took 17.4 million ratepayers' property (money) by ...

I'm with Bill Clinton

Investors get taken for $5.2 million in "reverse life insurance" scam

San Diegan Daniel Christian Stanley Powell this week was convicted in Orange County federal court of fleecing investors of $5.2 million with his "reverse life insurance" scam. The federal judge who heard the case sent ...

Manchester golf-course deal collapses

Publisher, Mickelson had planned to buy Fairbanks

According to the publication Golf Digest, the plan by U-T publisher Douglas Manchester and pro golfer Phil Mickelson to buy Fairbanks Ranch Country Club has collapsed. The facility, which includes tennis courts and a clubhouse, ...

A special-interest blowout reformers love to hate

Once again Steve Peace stages controversial legislative party in Maui

It's mid-November, Halloween is over and the state legislature is on hiatus. It’s time once again for Steve Peace's traditional legislative bash in Hawaii. Every year, newspapers from across California run exposés of the extravagant ...

Gun up

No state appeal of concealed firearm restrictions

Thanks to a lack of action from San Diego sheriff Bill Gore, gun-control advocacy group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will not be allowed to push for tighter restrictions on concealed weapons permits statewide, ...

Veterans for Peace makes its (grave) mark

"The feedback has changed significantly over the years."

A group of military veterans gathered in front of the Midway museum downtown before the city's annual Veterans Day parade with a display intended to both memorialize and call attention to Southern California soldiers who've ...

SeaWorld stock takes another plunge

Earnings suffer from orca controversy

Stock value of SeaWorld Entertainment closed today (November 12) at $16.85, down 9.41 percent. The company reported lower attendance for the second straight quarter. It had 8.4 million visitors in the third quarter of this ...

LGBT group gives San Diego 100% score

San Francisco, West Hollywood also get perfect scores

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights organization, today (November 12), released its third annual report assessing equality in various metro areas. The ratings are based on non-discrimination laws, ...

Hunter's helper on jungle junket

Flighty congressional aide goes off on another free safari

A top aide to Republican congressman Duncan D. Hunter, already a veteran of one far-off jungle excursion, thanks to the largesse of a SeaWorld-backed, Washington DC-based nonprofit, has done it again. Victoria Middleton, longtime chief ...

No medical miracle in Valley Center

Robert Young, not a physician, accused of fake cancer cures

On November 5, Robert Oldham Young of Valley Center was ordered to face six felony charges, including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft by fraud at the end of a three-week preliminary hearing. ...

Still no light at the end of the tunnel

Pacific Imperial's binational railroad may involve some trucks

The plan for reconstructing the now-defunct binational railroad has been submitted and approved, revealed San Diego County transit authority officials during their September 18 board meeting. What officials didn't say, at least not until their ...

This land is my land

Real estate swindler gets ten years in the big house

Commercial real estate developer and mortgage broker Bradley Holcom today (November 10) was sentenced to ten years and one month in prison for orchestrating a $50 million securities fraud scheme that preyed on 150 persons, ...

Attention: pederasts, terrorists, and murderers

Baja is not a good hideout for fugitives anymore

Since January 1, 159 fugitives have been caught in Baja by a specially trained unit of the Policía Estatal Preventiva, breaking the previous record of 112 set in 2012, the Tijuana daily El Mexicano reported ...

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