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Which Tamara Green we talking about?

Cosby accuser's rocky career as attorney documented

Tamara Lucier Green is making headlines for relating her story of entertainer Bill Cosby drugging her, abusing her, and satisfying himself sexually in her presence in the 1970s. She is quoted now as Tamara Green, ...

Yay, more jobs for slaves

County unemployment rate keeps dropping, incomes keep declining

The San Diego County unemployment rate in October declined to 5.8 percent from a revised 5.9 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The county added 12,500 jobs over the month, and ...

Balderdash and poppycock

Public utilities commission issues "false" press release regarding "refunds"

The California Public Utilities Commission this morning (November 20) approved a deal in which ratepayers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will get socked with $3.3 billion in costs resulting ...

California electricity rates top nation’s — by far

Utilities commission assures Wall Street that profits will remain high

California residential electricity rates are the highest in the nation — by far. A major reason is that the California Public Utilities Commission, the so-called regulator, schmoozes Wall Street, promising to keep the profits of ...

The Tailgate goes down in Nashville

Former San Diego brewer opens taproom, soon to start fermenting

Tailgate Beer, which moved from San Diego to Tennessee in July, opened a taproom in West Nashville three weeks ago, according to their website. In May of 2013, Tailgate owner Wesley Keegan and his partners ...

Guaranteed to fool the IRS

Not quite — Lloyd Irvine Taylor caught stealing identities of dead children

Lloyd Irvine Taylor, a former tax attorney and certified public accountant, was sentenced yesterday (November 17) to 57 months in prison for stealing the identities of dead children, using them as aliases to get passports ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

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, ...

Sorry, soldier

High cost of SD living a deterrent to retired military

Old-timers (including yours truly) can remember when San Diego was chock-full of retired military persons who learned how glorious the weather was when serving at one of the local bases. It's not so true now. ...

Marine says ranger roughed him up

Warrior's non-apparent injuries spark suggestion of handicap placard abuse

According to the Fresno Bee, Dominic Esquibel, a disabled San Diego Marine who received the Navy Cross for heroism in Iraq, is suing the federal government, alleging he was roughed up by a ranger at ...

Pala Band gambling goes to Joisey

Conditional approval allows for online betting in New Jersey

New Jersey's Gaming Enforcement Division this week authorized North County's Pala Interactive to offer online gambling in that state, according to gamblingtoday.com and pokernewsdaily.com. The Pala Band of Mission Indians will be the first Indian ...

Congressman Issa gets his leg pulled

Retweeted images of Oswald, Himmler, and other murderers

North County congressman Darrell Issa, who swept back into office Tuesday. November 4, is embarrassed about his planned celebration for a week later, Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. According to Americablog and thedailybanter.com, somebody on ...

Jefferson like Dracula

Financially troubled law school "hard to kill"

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, whose students have dismal bar-exam and job-placement records, recently restructured the debt on its fancy, eight-story building downtown that it occupied in 2011. Yesterday (November 5), the New York Times's ...

Election rewards for-profit schools (except Bridgepoint)

Stock plunges almost 10 percent on poor results

Prior to Tuesday's election, some Wall Street analysts named industries that would gain from a Republican victory. For-profit universities were among them. Yesterday (November 5), stocks of some for-profits rose stoutly: Strayer, up 3.33 percent; ...

White-knuckle descent

SD International among "most terrifying airport runways"

Yahoo.com lists seven of the nation's "most terrifying" airports. San Diego International (aka Lindbergh Field) is on the list. "Prepare to kiss the ground upon landing," says Yahoo, noting it's "considered one of the scariest" ...

Lubricated meals

Who will watch the watchdogs?

Courts have generally let the California Public Utilities Commission do what it wants. With the regulators in scandal, courts may wake up.

Poor boy

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club back on the hook in injury case

The state's Fourth District Court of Appeal on Friday (October 31) reversed a Superior Court decision letting La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club off the hook for serious head and brain injuries suffered by a ...

Sweepstakes loser to be on "vacation" for months

Combined boiler room/Western Union scam targeted the over-55 set

San Diegan Glen Adkins Jr. (aka Benjamin Walker and Robert Hayward) was sentenced October 30 to 300 months in prison for his role in a boiler-room sweepstakes scam. The case was tried in federal court ...

Forecast: rain and over $200 billion

Local economy growth expected to trump state and national rates

The total output of goods and services for the county hit $197.9 billion last year, according to economist Kelly Cunningham of the National University System Institute for Policy Research; that number is expected to rise ...

Eye-eye-eye

UCSD ophthalmology dept. chief accused of bullying and more in lawsuit

It looks like federal court will be hearing a case centered around harassment charges at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Diego. This month, Leah Levi, M.D., professor emerita in the ...

Because we're a healthy lot

Local healthcare jobs lower than other metro areas, percentage-wise

San Diego's healthcare services sector employed 121,510 people and contributed $17.2 billion to the regional economy in 2012, according to a new study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The healthcare sector ...

Wall Street probably expected worse

Market laughs off new for-profit college rules

The United States Department of Education today (October 30) is coming out with stricter regulations that will hit for-profit colleges. Beginning July 1 of next year, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal ...

Warm weather or not, Coleman can't cool controversy

Retired forecaster reiterates opinion on global warming for Fox News

Two days after retired KUSI weatherman John Coleman told Fox News that global warming "science is not valid," the Weather Channel issued a statement on October 29 that global warming is real. "The climate of ...

Greenhouse gas plan inadequate

Appellate court agrees with Sierra Club's assessment

In April of 2013, Superior Court judge Timothy Taylor, agreeing with the Sierra Club, ruled that San Diego County's climate action plan violated state law by not taking climate pollution sufficiently into account in its ...

U-T circulation continues decline

Numbers down in new report from Alliance for Audited Media

U-T San Diego circulation continues its downspiral, according to data released this morning (Oct. 28) by the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations). Total average Sunday circulation for the six months ...

The 7000-dollar Halloween party favor

New Jerseyan charged with insider trading on San Diego biotech buyout

On June 19, 2012, a promising San Diego biotech, Ardea Biosciences, working on gout and cancer medicines, was bought for $1.26 billion in cash by London-based pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. According to charges filed October 24 ...

Aw, you'll never get caught

Rancho Santa Fe "liar loan" promoter gets 30 months

Donald Totten, who sold "liar loans" and other mortgage swindles from his home in Rancho Santa Fe, today (October 24) was sentenced to 30 months in prison. During the years of the mortgage craze that ...

Long way from Chesapeake Bay

FDA slaps local fish company for "serious violations"

On October 8, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote to Los Angeles-based Prospect Enterprises citing "serious violations" of seafood health codes at the company's San Diego–based Chesapeake Fish Company, located at 535 ...

U-T San Diego circulation drops

Print edition has low market share

Every year, newspapers and other publications have to report circulation figures to the United States Postal Service. This October, U-T San Diego reported more declines. In October of last year, the seven-day paid circulation of ...

Golden Eagle Farm to close

Ramona racehorse facility one of California's top breeders

Golden Eagle Farm, a 560-acre horse-breeding operation in Ramona, will close October 31, according to the Daily Racing Form. It was founded by the late John and Betty Mabee in 1972 and at one time ...

Gated-community scuffle

Appellate court decides for insurer

The state court of appeals for the Fourth District on October 17 settled a conflict between two drivers in Bernardo Heights. Dr. Richard Lee Austin and his wife Karen Mazzocco in 2008 lived in the ...

Keep budgeting, San Diego

Living costs high, but homeowners balance books

Among residents of 150 metro areas, San Diegans are 28th best in making and sticking to their budgets, according to WalletHub, an organization that gathers and interprets statistics on cities and states. In ranking the ...

Rick Roberts goes on anti-Islam rant

Muslims should be banned from coming to U.S., he says

Rick Roberts, formerly a talk show host on 760 KFMB in San Diego, is now on KTOK AM in Oklahoma City and KKFT FM in Gardnersville, Nevada, a Fox affiliate. Recently, Roberts went on a ...

Borrego: build a home, lose a farm

San Diego may have to adopt the Borrego strategy: fallow farms in order to permit development.

Absence of rationality no argument

Judge dismissed suit against Bridgepoint, Warburg

On Friday (October 17), federal court judge Jeffrey T. Miller dismissed a suit that investors had brought against Bridgepoint Education and the Wall Street firm that controls it through subsidiaries, Warburg Pincus. The investors had ...

Positive evolutionary trajectory

United States University gets good report from accreditor

Chula Vista's United States University, which remains on its accreditor's probation until next year, has received a positive report from a team that visited the campus in May. The for-profit university, which specializes in nursing ...

Rams most likely to go to L.A.

How much does it matter to the Chargers?

The St. Louis Rams are the team the National Football League considers most likely to relocate to Los Angeles, according to a report by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, as reported by Sports Illustrated today ...

Thanks for the inheritance, old people!

Million-dollar embezzlement nets 21 months in slammer

Brian Lee was sentenced late yesterday (October 17) to 21 months in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from a couple in their 80s. They had hired Lee to do their taxes and create ...

Got a license for that financial transaction?

USD-schooled lawyer charged with money-laundering $12 million

San Diego attorney Richard Medina Jr. and alleged co-conspirator Omar Trevino Caro Del Castillo faced allegations in federal court today (October 17) of laundering almost $12 million through international financial transactions without the proper licensing. ...

Unemployment rate down, so are jobs

Excluding government jobs — that count went up by 4600

Restaurant, bar jobs down 2300 jobs The September unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 5.9 percent in September, down from a revised 6.2 percent in August and from 7.3 percent a year ago. ...

No markup, but, yes, fraud

SEC says 350 investors had put $2.3 million into shopping website

On Tuesday (October 14), a jury in federal court on Long Island found Anthony Knight liable for securities fraud and selling unregistered securities. The Securities and Exchange Commission said that more than 350 investors had ...

Cheap grub not so easily come by

San Diego ranks so-so in affordable dining

WalletHub, the statistical aggregating firm that compares quality of life in cities and states, ranked 150 cities in affordability of restaurants as well as diversity, accessibility, and quality of them. San Diego doesn't do well. ...

Curtains for Thomas Jefferson School of Law?

Two magazines question debt-plagued institution's viability

Two publications, City Journal, published by New York's Manhattan Institute, and JDJournal, which specializes in law-related issues, are essentially playing taps for San Diego's debt-plagued Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The school moved into a ...

Finale or interlude?

Ian Campbell headed to altar for third time

Ian Campbell, former chief executive of San Diego Opera, is engaged to opera soprano Susan Neves (pronounced "nevs") and the two will live in New York City, according to sources within San Diego Opera and ...

Corruption charges be damned

Despite feds' inquiry, before Peevey leaves, CPUC may bill ratepayers $3.3 billion

California Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey yesterday (October 9) announced — amid great controversy — that he will leave the commission when his term is up December 31. His decision coincides with the revelation ...

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