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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 ...

Raider Nation invades Mission Valley

You didn’t hear about the convention because they behaved

Soon after exiting the 8 freeway off Hotel Circle on August 23, you could hear, “Raaaiiiiiiiders, Raaaiiiiiiiders.” Oakland Raiders flags, banners, and decals were plastered over the majority of the cars in the lot. The ...

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 ...

Welfare cheaters

San Diego County officials have been playing fast and loose with the so-called Electronic Benefit Transfer cards used by welfare recipients to buy food and other essentials, according to a July audit. In addition to ...

Influence 101

UCSD is searching for someone expert in the gentle art of political schmoozing to promote the giant taxpayer-funded institution with federal officials in Washington. Reporting to vice chancellor for research Sandra Brown, the new hire ...

Use brains, stay in California

Some companies move to Texas, but venture money flows to California.

Texas governor Rick Perry touts low taxes and wages, but the companies wanting brains stay in California.

Lawyers’ feast

A campaign committee backing a drive by Democratic Qualcomm co-founder and La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs and allies to counter the GOP’s effort to repeal the city’s new minimum-wage ordinance may have the longest name ...

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 ...

What does Tijuana want?

Resident seeks answer for affection-deprived city

The pedestrian border-wait line at the San Ysidro crossing is like the longest line in an amusement park…only you reach the end and find out that there is no roller-coaster. There is usually no one ...

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 ...

Taxation on top of salvation

Tijuana's archbishop speaks out against government's demand for "profits"

In unusually combative language, the archbishop of Tijuana has accused Mexico's federal government of extorting money from the Catholic Church under the guise of taxation. In an interview published August 25 by the daily newspaper ...

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