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Dalai Lama causes a stir at UCSD

Chinese students don't want him as commencement speaker

According to the publication Inside Higher Ed, Chinese students at the University of California/San Diego are complaining that the university is having the Dalai Lama as this year's commencement speaker. Lhamo Dondrub (the Dalai Lama) ...

Kindergarten teacher charged with bank, wire fraud

International scam allegedly run from address off El Cajon Boulevard

San Diegan Cristina Montijo has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. She was originally charged in the Southern District of New York, but the case has been moved to federal ...

San Diego mortgage bite remains mighty

At 35.6% of income, it's a bit better than renters' 42%

Despite the staggering rise in San Diego home prices (the median is more than $500,000), the percentage of your income going to your mortgage is only a little bit higher than it was in the ...

In the Navy...you can get $1800 steaks...in the Navy...

Commander Mario Herrera goes down in Fat Leonard scandal

U.S.Navy commander Mario Herrera was charged in a complaint unsealed today (February 16) with accepting romps with prostitutes, luxury travel, and elaborate dinners featuring $1800 steaks from foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis — aka ...

Union-Tribune lays off journalists

Seven on editorial staff lose jobs; hinted that more face same fate

Jeff Light, vice president and editor of the Union-Tribune, today (February 14) revealed that there will be seven layoffs on the editorial staff of the newspaper. His message reads, "All--Today, we're reducing our newsroom by ...

Movie thief can't be found

Aargh: Cell pirate eluded lawyer and lawsuit

Last summer, a movie named Cell came out. In the plot, users of cell phones were reprogrammed into mad killers. Critics sneered. The movie was not a big hit. The producer, Cell Film Holdings, sued ...

Discrimination at House of Pacific Relations?

House of Lebanon claims it is victim of prejudice

The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages in Balboa Park says it is a "near utopian multicultural organization" that was launched in the 1930s "to create a spirit of understanding, tolerance, and goodwill" among various ...

Alleged Oceanside gang members indicted

Tiny Dum, Lil' Burger, Baby West, among those caught in justice system

Eleven alleged members and associates of Oceanside's Westside Crips gang were indicted today (February 10) for racketeering, conspiracy involving drug trafficking, prostitution, and other crimes. "[T]he manager of two national brand hotels in Oceanside" was ...

Butane supplier linked to hash-oil industry

Los Angeleno will pay $1 million and be sentenced in April

Bosco Kwon, owner of BK Power Imports of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in San Diego today (February 9) to selling drug paraphernalia. Kwon admitted that his company sold thousands of butane canisters to smoke shops, ...

La Jollans complain about airport noise

An issue historically griped by Point Lomans

La Jolla residents are the latest to complain about jetliner noise from the airport. However, their formal complaint to the La Jolla Town Council tonight (February 9) has been removed from the agenda because the ...

Trump/Navarro saber-rattling has already shaken up China

Will Peter Navarro launch?

In San Diego County from 1992 through 2001, Peter Navarro ran unsuccessfully for mayor, county supervisor, city council, and Congress. Then he became an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. Now he is ...

Doug Manchester to be Bahama Papa for U.S.?

Former U-T owner said to be in running for ambassadorship

The BahamasPress.com is an online news operation in the Bahamas. On December 27, it reported, "Lyford Cay resident Papa Doug Manchester is being tipped as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas under a Trump ...

Trump cabinet nominee's local ties to Mafia

Rancho Peñasquitos developer was partner with Andew Puzder's boss

Morris "Mo" Shenker, a St. Louis-based hoodlum lawyer and casino owner, has been in the news lately even though he died in 1983. He was featured in a front-page story in the New York Times ...

Local insurance scam ring brought down

Group filed false insurance claims

Nine individuals have been charged with 34 felony crimes for filing false insurance claims. The ring was brought down by the district attorney's office and the California Department of Insurance, in a two-year dragnet called ...

It's a felony, but is it moral turpitude?

Local lawyer suspended — youth pornography

David Dale Lamb has been suspended by the State Bar of California, according to the February edition of California Lawyer and state bar records. Lamb, a public defender, has been convicted of possessing child pornography ...

Perfectly good fishing boat sabotaged

Owners admit trying to sink it for insurance money

Christopher Switzer and Mark Gillette on October 11 took their charter sport-fishing vessel, a 57-foot craft named the Commander, to sea from Mission Bay. They later made an emergency call to the Coast Guard, saying ...

Feeling the sunshine tax squeeze

Study says childless single adult has to make almost $28,000

According to the federal government, 13.8 percent of San Diego County residents are living in poverty. But according to a study released today (January 31) by the Center on Policy Initiatives, that federal figure is ...

Trump goes swamp fishing

Wall Street guy to help president on international economic affairs

Kenneth Juster, a partner and managing director of Wall Street's Warburg Pincus, has been named deputy assistant to the president for international economic affairs. He has resigned as a boardmember of San Diego's troubled Bridgepoint ...

Trump goes to trade war with Mexico

President wants 20% tax on imports — stock market unruffled

President Donald Trump wants a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, according to his press secretary, Sean Spicer, speaking today (January 26). The charge could bring in $10 billion a year and pay for ...

Drought is over (says local water authority)

Scientists cast doubt on that assertion

The San Diego County Water Authority's board of directors today (January 26) declared that the drought is over. The board urged governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board to rescind statewide emergency ...

The Bank of Internet had a good year

But Seeking Alpha ties it to Barry Minkow and Galanis family

People wanting stocks to go up are called “longs.” People wanting stocks — or a particular stock — to go down are called “shorts.” Shorts borrow a stock, sell it, and hope to make a ...

14-year-old threatened into having sex

Dylan Wayne Cawdrey gets 46 months for preying on girl

Dylan Wayne Cawdrey, 23, was sentenced January 23 to 46 months in prison for getting a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him by threatening to do harm to those in her family. He had ...

Qualcomm accused of illegal scheme

Apple sues company over patent loyalties

Apple has sued Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the market for chips for wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities, according to Bloomberg News. "Apple is demanding ...

NFL supposedly upset with Chargers' move

Spanos has "lost the backing of his fellow owners."

ESPN.com is reporting that "pretty much everyone in the [National Football League] hates the idea of the Chargers in L.A." The league office is said to be "beside itself" over the move and, says ESPN, ...

County labor report

Unemployment dips, but 900 non-farm jobs lost

San Diego County's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in December, down from a revised 4.3 percent in November, and less than the state's 5 percent and nation's 4.5 percent during the same period, according to ...

Ex-Marine hid camera to ogle naked women

Two years' probation for video voyeurism at MCAS Miramar

Former Marine Kory Nathan Brower, after pleading guilty to video voyeurism, was sentenced yesterday (January 19) to two years of probation. Brower admitted that between July and November of 2015, he placed a video recording ...

Case of the secretly freed mink

"Reign of terror over those in the fur industry."

Animal rights activist Nicole Kissane was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today (January 17) for participating in a cross-country spree freeing mink from fur farms. Her fellow activist, Joseph Buddenberg, was sentenced to ...

Today the saddest day ever for Chargers fans

Team owner Spanos declares they're heading north

San Diego Chargers chairman Dean Spanos made it official this morning: the team is moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. Spanos met with employees this morning. Spanos handed out a statement: "After much ...

Chargers get an extra 48 hours

Spanos won't need to make L.A. decision until January 17

The Chargers today (January 11) got a two-day extension to decide whether or not they will move to Los Angeles. The cutoff date was January 15, but owners, meeting in New York, decided that since ...

Wells Fargo’s wheels are falling off the stagecoach

USD’s Frank Partnoy warned of the legendary bank's woes in 2013

In early September of 2016, the shocking news broke: thousands of employees of Wells Fargo Bank — generally considered a relatively pure institution — had secretly opened millions of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts ...

SDG&E again asks for 2007 fire cost reimbursement

Utility gets tongue-lashing from taxpayers at meeting

San Diego Gas & Electric in 2012 tried to get ratepayers to pick up the tab for uninsured costs of the 2007 fires, for which a unit of the California Public Utilities Commission blamed SDG&E's ...

Grabby doctors and those who eat shrooms

State medical board disciplines local MDs for misconduct

The executive director of the Medical Board of California has recommended discipline for five county doctors. The board has recommended that the license of Del B. Dalton of Chula Vista be revoked or suspended. The ...

Former DA's office attorney suspended for conspiracy

Five county lawyers disciplined by state bar

According to the January California Bar Journal, the following San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined by the state bar. Allison Christine Worden of San Diego was suspended for 60 days and placed on two ...

Disabilities act a shakedown vehicle?

Plaintiff filed almost 160 lawsuits in 2016

On December 29, San Diegan Chris Langer filed a suit against the Cotter Company and Cotter Church Supplies of Los Angeles. In the suit, Langer complained that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ...

Trump economy: Boring in San Diego?

There’s political uproar, but the economy may snooze

Economic forecasters are befuddled. Will President Trump ignite destructive trade wars? Or will a crackdown on companies shipping jobs overseas jack up employment and stimulate the economy? Will his planned massive tax cuts thrust the ...

Cops justified in shooting Marine 37 times

Robert Medina allegedly steered car toward officer

Ten years ago, Robert Medina, a Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder, led 18 officers and 13 police cars on a chase on I-15 through Oceanside, finally ending in Encinitas. The officers used spike strips and ...

Disbarred and in debt

J. Douglass Jennings must pay back fraudulently obtained funds

Former tax law attorney J. Douglass Jennings — now officially disbarred, according to State Bar records — cannot discharge a debt that he incurred in bankruptcy, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District, ruled ...

Union leader denies sexual harassment charges

Lawsuit claims Mickey Kasparian made demands for oral sex

In a suit filed last Monday (December 19), Mickey Kasparian, president of the United Food & Commercial Union Local 135, is charged with sexual harassment by a former employee who worked for him. Isabel Vasquez ...

Accused elder abuser aims at justice system

Claims 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendment rights violated

He was charged with elder abuse, then packing a gun Possible subhead: He files suit, but this week he's back in hoosegow In October of last year, the district attorney's office charged Joshua Alan Blow ...

City's pension liability zooms up by $937 million

"They have...basically put the city in bankruptcy."

The City of San Diego's pension liability as of June 30 has soared to $2.65 billion, up by $937 million since June of 2015, according to a report by Cheiron, the actuarial firm used by ...

Few local politicians realize the importance of trees

Is water conservation backfiring?

San Diego needs many more trees and must take better care of the sparse trees it has. Trees shade us from the sun, reduce urban heat and noise, save energy, raise property values, improve air ...

Shopping season jobs report

County unemployment rate down to 4.3 percent

The unemployment rate in the county was 4.3 percent in November, down from a revised 4.7 percent in October, and down from 5 percent from a year ago. San Diego did better than the nation, ...

State bar exam tough for local law school grads

Results "shocking" — lower pass rate than in previous years

Graduates of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, taking the 2016 California Bar exam for the first time, were tied for second worst in the state, according to the publication Above the Law. Only 31 percent ...

If Chargers move to L.A., they'll have two losing teams

Rams not doing so well in attendance, TV

The pro football Rams' reception in Los Angeles is mediocre at best. Television ratings have been low to so-so. About 9.8 percent of area homes have been turned on to Rams games. That's worse than ...

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 ...

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