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North County wealth study

Poverty lower, incomes higher than countywide

North County is better off economically than the rest of San Diego County, according to a study released yesterday (December 7) by the Center on Policy Initiatives. It used data from the Census Bureau's 2015 ...

Tough times for bulldog lawyer Mary Frances Prevost

Bar suspends her for third time — personal vendetta?

Mary Frances Prevost (pronounced PRAY-vo), who describes herself on her website as "California's Top Criminal & DUI Attorney," has been suspended by the California Bar for the third time. She was suspended from law practice ...

For-profit universities get the Trump bump

San Diego–based Bridgepoint stock soars

On November 7, the day before the election, stock of San Diego's troubled Bridgepoint Education sold for $7.02. The company is under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ...

Trump treasury pick Mnuchin tied to smelly banking

His group bought seized, corrupt La Jolla Bank

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump repeatedly knocked opponent Hillary Clinton for the highly paid speeches she gave for Wall Street's Goldman Sachs. Now Trump has named Steven Mnuchin, who spent 17 years with ...

Cop killed dog without provocation, say owners

City, department, and officer Robert Meiselmen named in lawsuit

On February 21 of this year, a San Diego policeman killed a family dog that had not made an aggressive move, says a lawsuit filed November 22 in federal court. Alfredo and Socorro Fuentes are ...

5-Hour Energy counterfeiters popped

Civil case leads to federal conviction

Joseph and Adriana Shayota, a married couple from El Cajon, were convicted late Monday (November 28) of criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in misbranded food by a federal court in San Jose. They were considered ...

Convention center report padded with favorable numbers

"People aren't staying anywhere near four nights, and they never have."

The San Diego Convention Center's 2016 annual report is out, and it raises many questions. For starters, why in the world do cities keep expanding space when only 50 percent of it is in use ...

Stroke victim sues sheriff's department

Woman barred deputy's entrance into her home

Rose Ebersole, a 70-year-old San Diego woman, says in a federal court lawsuit that a sheriff's deputy, demanding to get into her home, slammed her to the ground when she denied entrance, resulting in a ...

SDG&E takes another shot at picking your pocket

Wants ratepayers to chip in $379 million for 2007 fires

In recent years, the words “California Public Utilities Commission” have come to mean one thing: corruption. The commission has concentrated on boosting profits of the investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Edison International, and Pacific Gas ...

Two ex-officers stiffed the Marines

Major bilked military of $205,000

Former Marine Major Jason Wild, a reservist, was convicted by a federal jury today (November 22) of participating in a four-year-long conspiracy that fleeced the United States Marine Corps of more than $205,000. Wild falsely ...

Get rich suing pharmaceuticals!

Founder of scheme admits it was a fraud

David Aldrich, founder of PLCMGMT LLC, also known as Prometheus, pleaded guilty today (November 22) to defrauding investors who were told they would get rich from lawsuits against makers of prescription drugs and medical devices. ...

Execs pledged their stock as loan collateral

And then the crooks dumped the stock to fund the loans

A Florida-based financial manipulator was found guilty by a San Diego federal jury yesterday (November 21) of 16 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy. Along with two others, Jeffrey Spanier set ...

County unemployment rises — as do jobs numbers

How so?

The county unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in October, up from 4.7 percent in September. The county gained 8900 jobs in the month. Government jobs rose by 6700, and seasonal government jobs rose by 3300, ...

Will digital newspapers edge out print?

How much money has been wasted on digital newspapers?

"Get a horse!” From 1900 to the 1920s, those were the words that made a comedian out of every American who shouted them. Those bellowed beratings were, of course, aimed at people who had purchased ...

Seuss characters snatched, charges suit

Connecticut company seems guilty of blatant rip-off

On November 10, San Diego–based Dr. Seuss Enterprises filed suit in federal court, claiming a Connecticut company infringed on trademarks and copyrights of characters created by the late La Jollan Theodor S. Geisel, the children's ...

Homeopathic doctor said what?

Medical board levels charges against "Be Well Associates" physician

The Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Dan Orville Harper, MD, who practices at Be Well Associates in Solana Beach. He is charged with negligence, gross negligence, and unprofessional conduct in his ...

Citizens victors over NFL greed

San Diego expects a different Chargers deal

On November 7, 57 percent of voters rejected the downtown stadium Measure C, and only 43 percent approved the construction of a combined football stadium/convention center. But local media are not asking the right questions. ...

Surfrider's I.B. surf contest iffy

Wastewater reportedly flowing through nearby canyon

Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) organized a binational surf contest for this Sunday (November 6) where Imperial Beach abuts the border, but a sewage flow threatens to interfere, according to a spokesperson ...

Joan Kroc gave away Ray’s fortune

Ray Kroc’s hamburger money was well spent

For years, I believed that the late Joan Kroc was an angel. When San Diegans called her “St. Joan of the Arches” (as in the golden arches of the McDonald’s burger chain), I didn’t feel ...

Fat Leonard deputies destined for prosecution

Two ex-executives of Glenn Defense ensnared in Navy scam

Two former executives of Glenn Defense Marine Asia have been extradited from Singapore and arraigned on charges of participating in a conspiracy to submit fraudulent information, price quotes, claims, and invoices to the U.S. Navy ...

Physician's assistant brings on physician's demise

Dr. Smith had been licensed since 1958

Robert Smith, MD, lost his physician's and surgeon's certificate this month for prescribing controlled substances to a physician's assistant who was employed in the same office as Smith. According to the Medical Board of California, ...

300 percent returns? No.

Prometheus head James Catipay pleads guilty

James Catipay pleaded guilty yesterday (October 26) to defrauding investors through a plan to recruit plaintiffs for lawsuits against pharmaceutical firms. He was promising returns of 100 percent to 300 percent per year. His company, ...

Bridgepoint over troubled waters

To survive, school needs "miraculous win" in GI Bill funding court case

"Bridgepoint Education will likely not exist this time next year," wrote research analyst Duane Bair in an October 23 essay for Seeking Alpha. "The same circumstances that bankrupted peers could result in the demise of ...

September unemployment rate recedes

Government jobs help the stats

San Diego County unemployment was 4.7 percent in September, down from a revised 5 percent in August and below the year-ago estimate of 4.8 percent. Between August and September, the county gained 4000 jobs. From ...

Trump University case headed to trial

Deposition videotape still secret

In federal court, judge Gonzalo Curiel this morning (October 20) thumbed down a motion by Donald Trump's lawyers to throw out the Trump University case. Former students at Trump's highly-touted real estate seminars had raised ...

Redefining sportsmanship in the age of egregious greed and persistent lying

Professional sports are corrupt

The dictionary defines “sportsmanship” as “fair play; respect for opponents; polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport.” That definition is woefully out of date. Now the definition of “sportsmanship” is “egregious greed; ...

U-T print circulation continues to plummet

Swan dive due to several factors

Union-Tribune average seven-day print circulation is plunging precipitously. For the year ended October 1, average daily print circulation was only 144,085, down from 164,532 in 2015 and from 189,822 in 2013. This information is critical ...

Chargers advertising — lies, lies, lies

Maas now tells the whoppers

Fred Maas, special advisor to Chargers chief Dean Spanos, is now the team's designated prevaricator. Maas claims in ads that the team's stadium proposal (Measure C) won't cost San Diegans a dime unless they stay ...

Moores bidding for British soccer team

Team now owned by Kuwait tycoon

John Moores, former Padres owner and major San Diego real estate wheeler-dealer, is trying to buy Nottingham Forest, a British soccer team, according to the Nottingham Post. The team is currently owned by Fawaz Al ...

What got into Wells Fargo?

Blame management hubris

A prominent La Jolla resident, who does not want her name used, knows what led Wells Fargo down the crooked path: management hubris. In 2009, her daughter was headed for college. Mother and daughter went ...

Local navy officer took bribes from Malaysian

Provided with prostitutes

Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord, a San Diegan, pleaded guilty in federal court today (October 13) to accepting cash, stays at luxury hotels, and prostitutes from foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia. A total of ...

Four county lawyers disciplined by State Bar

Client funds overdrawn, misappropriated, comingled

Four county lawyers were disciplined by the State Bar in July. Robert Sibilia of Oceanside was suspended from practicing law for 90 days and put on probation for a year. He was charged with misappropriating ...

Wells Fargo says Americans timid with investments

Retiring Wells CEO aggressive inside the bank

Yesterday (October 11) Wells Fargo released a study concluding that many Americans are investing too conservatively for their retirement. Today (October 12) Wells Fargo announced that its chief executive, John Stumpf, will retire, effective immediately. ...

Will Wikileak on Hillary leave puddle?

Clinton lauded bankers in speech to San Diego law firm

On Friday (October 7), WikiLeaks said it had obtained almost 50,000 emails from the inbox of John Podesta, aide to Hillary Clinton. Allegedly, the emails dealt with statements Clinton had made to and about Wall ...

Will rents rise another 4.7 percent?

SD's are already fourth highest among major metros

San Diego County's median rents will rise 4.7 percent in the next year, down slightly from the 4.9 percent rise over the last year, according to Zillow. The 4.7 percent jump will be eighth largest ...

NFL's TV tumble and the stadium vote

Is public less interested in pro football?

The NFL's TV ratings are down around 11 percent through September. TV executives are rattled because they face so-called "make-goods" with advertisers. When advertisers buy time on pro football games, they are promised certain numbers ...

Local Department of Defense contractor ripped for $825,000

Financial officer Stuart Teshima took liberties with credit cards

Stuart Teshima, former chief financial officer of "a large San Diego-based Department of Defense contracting firm," according to the United States Attorney's office, today (October 4) pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $825,000 from the ...

Three county lawyers disbarred

He "twice engaged in egregious misconduct for his sexual gratification."

Three county lawyers have been disbarred, according to the State Bar of California. Angela Elizabeth Mueller engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in New Jersey, Maryland, and New Mexico, where she was not licensed. ...

Chargers, mayor, U-T collude on con job

"This is a public relations move that is not enforceable."

The headline on the Union-Tribune this morning (October 3) was "Chargers beat Saints 78-00!!" Well, not really. The Chargers lost to the Saints yesterday, 35-34. But the managements of the U-T, Chargers, and the mayor's ...

Product of the marijuana gold rush

San Diegan charged with falsely claiming he could finance growing industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged on September 30 that San Diegan Ronald Salem and his alleged company, Colorado-based Infinex Ventures, made false and misleading public statements claiming that Infinex had operations and funding to ...

Secret meetings banned for public utilities regulator

Governor Brown signs reform bill to end commission's unethical strategies

Governor Jerry Brown today (September 29) signed legislation that bans secret meetings between utilities and regulators at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) In October of last year, Brown vetoed a package of bills that ...

Spectator sports walloping the arts

But San Diego is an exception

There is a battle in our society: jockstraps versus aesthetes; violence versus violins. The struggle is between lovers of sports and lovers of the arts. Sorry to say, but nationwide, sports are winning big over ...

Who won debate? Peso soars.

So, gamblers think Hillary won

The Mexican peso began moving up sharply in Asian markets as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated last night, and the rally continued throughout the scrum. "The dollar declined from 20.1 to 19.58 so the ...

Ex-grid star to lose law license Monday

But there is still confusion on paperwork

According to the State Bar Court of California, Ronald Jack Mix, former star Chargers lineman, will lose his law license Monday. Bar records state that as of September 26, Mix, a Hall of Famer, goes ...

Former SeaWorld manager sentenced for embezzlement

"Sebastian John" stole $818,000, gets 30 months

Former SeaWorld San Diego manager Wilfred David Joseph Jobin-Reyes, called "Sebastian John," was sentenced yesterday (September 23) to 30 months in prison for embezzling $818,000 while he worked at the park. According to court records, ...

Raiders want eternal flame for Al Davis

What city but Las Vegas would give him one?

“You know, when I came into the National Football League, many of our owners owned horses, owned dog tracks, owned all the familiar habitats of gamblers and gambling. We have learned to accept this in ...

Chula Vista attorney goes after movie pirates

John, Jane, or It Doe sued by film producer of Cell

This summer, a movie titled Cell came out. It is based on a 2006 novel by Stephen King. Plot: cell-phone users are immediately and maddeningly re-programmed into rabid killers. Sounds grim. (Critics weren't enthusiastic.) On ...

San Diego's $2.27 billion pension hole

Another reason to block Chargers' punt for new stadium

There is still another reason to vote against the so-called convadium in November. This reason is the huge and growing pension deficit. Former city attorney Mike Aguirre says the city's pension plan has $8.859 billion ...

County loses 700 jobs in August

But unemployment rate goes down

The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in August, down from a revised 5.3 percent in July, according to the California Employment Development Department. However, the county lost 700 non-agricultural jobs in ...

A rare win over the state utilities commission

Challenge to decision to allow building of natural-gas-fired plant

Late Wednesday (September 14), the Protect Our Communities Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity won a battle against the California Public Utilities Commission: the state First District Court of Appeals granted the groups their ...

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