News & Politics

Political slime haunts Chargers' new point man

$1 billion subsidized stadium riding on anti-DeMaio opposition research king

Yet another chapter in the byzantine history of the wandering football team known as the Chargers has begun with the recruitment by Dean Spanos of Fred Maas to come up with a taxpayer-subsidized scheme for ...

Dean Spanos's new hired hand

Fred Maas has specialized in downtown corporate welfare

The Chargers announced yesterday afternoon (February 8) that Fred Maas, a specialist in steering public money into private real estate ventures, has been named a special advisor to the team's chief executive, Dean Spanos, who ...

Wrecking ball to swing past Truax House?

Airtight protections for historic residence/hospice sought

During a February 10 meeting, San Diego city councilmembers on the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee will hear a proposal to sell two city-owned properties in Bankers Hill, one of which housed a former ...

Fortress with a view

Navy's Special Warfare Command to take place of WW2-era bunker

The only high point on the coast between Monument Mesa at the border and Point Loma is about to come down. But it won't be easy, says Jim Nible, the U.S. Navy contractor in charge ...

A disgrace to the NFL?

DeBartolo Jr. gets into Pro Football Hall of Fame

The day before Sunday's Super Bowl, a number of star players were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A non-player also got in: Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco ...

Is the farm-to-table movement over?

Unimpressive results with San Diego Grown 365 label

Of all the labels people look for when it comes to food, locally grown is number one, surveys find. But more than a decade after the county launched the San Diego Grown 365 label, few ...

Sand drifts curtail O.B. street-sweeping

“I don’t know why it stopped here.... That’s how strong the wind was."

If anyone knows about having to shovel your car out after a winter storm, it’s a guy from Boston. John Hogan of Ocean Beach knows the drill. Back home, where Hogan spent his childhood and ...

Razor wire stops lots of border-fence jumpers

"We've been able to keep the illegal aliens and our people out of the hospital."

Recently installed razor wire along the border from Imperial Beach to San Ysidro has cut traumatic injuries to fence-jumpers by more than 70 percent. The need for border patrol agents to be stationed at hospitals ...

Qualcomm executives sued

Top brass allegedly dumped stock while profits were artificially inflated

On Tuesday (February 2), a disenchanted investor filed a shareholder derivative suit charging that Qualcomm's top brass artificially inflated the company's earnings and then dumped their stocks. In a shareholder derivative suit, the shareholder sues ...

Charter-school backer buys hefty stake in Union-Tribune

Michael Ferro latest player in high-dollar Chicago boardroom political poker

Be it the wandering football team or the fate of the hometown newspaper, rank-and-file San Diegans are usually the last to know about the behind-the-scenes wheeling-and-dealing of their billionaire owners. Arguably there is more popular ...

Cheese mistaken for meth

Lawsuit charges border patrol agents used faulty drug test

A woman is suing three U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and a drug-test kit-manufacturer after enforcement officials falsely identified a food enzyme she was carrying in her car used for making cheese as methamphetamine ...

SDG&E is on our side this time

Lawsuit filed against Chevron and Texas-based NRG Energy

San Diego Gas & Electric customers are paying $1.2 million a month to transport natural gas to a power plant that doesn't even supply the region with energy, the California Department of Water Resources and ...

Newspaperless Oceanside

Union-Tribune vacates office, heads east to San Marcos

For the first time in over 130 years, Oceanside will not be home to a newspaper office. At the end of this month, the Union-Tribune is moving out of its leased headquarters in Oceanside and ...

Dean Spanos takes TV test, flunks

Agreement with station: won't discuss past

“KUSI sports director Paul Rudy got the chance to set [sic] down with [Dean] Spanos today but with one condition, that we only speak about the future and not the past, and we agreed.” So ...

We already drink toilet-to-tap water

San Diego's water supply makes a stop in Vegas, fyi

Sunlight sparkles through the water in the glass beaker biologist Jeff Pasek holds in his hand. The water has just been run out of the tap at the end of the city's pilot water purification ...

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