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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 ...

Gaseous dismay

City loses fight against insurer — waited too long to file!

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this month upheld a lower-court decision holding that the City of San Diego had not notified an insurer in reasonable time to collect on an ...

National media pick up DeMaio story

Candidate denies sexual harassment charge by former campaign staffer

National political media such as Politico and The Week have picked up yesterday's (October 8) story in which congressional candidate Carl DeMaio vehemently denied a sexual harassment charge made by a former staffer. As related ...

Zapf's husband zapped by appeals court

Negligence to cost Eric Zapf's real-estate company more than $1 million

The fourth appellate district court of appeal has found Eric Zapf, husband of District 6 councilmember Lorie Zapf, liable for professional negligence in a real-estate deal. Zapf and his associates will pay more than $1 ...

Former SD councilman fleeced in scam

Ed Struiksma taken by Pennsylvanian who ran an up-front loan scam

Michael McManus of Philadelphia was sentenced Tuesday (October 7) to 16 years in prison for running an up-front loan scam that fleeced $26 million from more than 1000 hopeful entrepreneurs who gave him up-front money ...

Could Brown reappoint unpopular Peevey?

Mike Peevey, president of the CPUC, has a reputation for being crude. Worse, he works for utility profits at the expense of ratepayers.

Could ratepayers' day be coming soon?

Feds investigating secret emails between CPUC and PG&E

Things are happening fast and furious over the back-channel communications between Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and officials of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) over the amount PG&E should be assessed for its role ...

He's an actor, alright

San Diego man accused of impersonating Kiowa Gordon, conning young girls

According to publications such as the Des Moines Register and New York Daily News, David Anthony LaVera, 33, of San Diego, will be arraigned this afternoon (October 7) on federal charges related to child pornography. ...

In a heap

Two Oceanside lawyers disciplined

The California State Bar has disciplined two Oceanside attorneys. Danielle Marie Scherrer was disbarred July 26 after she failed to respond to charges that she misappropriated $24,974.43 from a dead person's estate and failed to ...

Appeals court knocks out UCSD student

Undergrad suspended for sending a colleague to the hospital

The Fourth Appellate District late last month upheld a lower court ruling that Daniel Berman, a University of California/San Diego (UCSD) undergrad who punched out a colleague, was appropriately punished when suspended for two quarters. ...

For-profit college financier Clifford drops out

Rancho Santa Fe education mogul blames federal government

Dr. Michael Clifford of Rancho Santa Fe, the oft-quoted and celebrated financier of for-profit universities, has dropped out of the business. On his website, he lashes out at the "unfair and hostile attacks on financial ...

Bad news for the wheeled and hobbled

San Diego's rank disabled ranking

San Diego ranks a disappointing 98th of 150 metro areas as a good location for those with disabilities, according to WalletHub, an organization that puts together economic and demographic information on states and metro areas. ...

Marinkovic's case goes kerplunk

La Paloma Healthcare Center and XETV 6 faced "fanciful" claims

In a judge's decision filed September 29 in the Western District of Pennsylvania (embracing Pittsburgh and Erie), Oceanside's La Paloma Healthcare Center and XETV 6 were decisive victors. The plaintiff was Mel Marin, also known ...

Nothing stank with Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.

Some contracts awarded sloppily, but audit found little fault

City auditor Eduardo Luna's report of what went wrong at the fizzling of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., points few fingers According to a report released today, October 1, the committee got $3.08 million in funding, ...

Water worry: avocados

Over 74 gallons of irrigated water required to produce a pound

As if San Diego doesn't have enough drought-related problems, here is another: avocados. According to the magazine Mother Jones, avocados, which don't require nearly as much water as almonds, still need a lot. According to ...

Manufacturing: wages good but jobs down

Computers, aerospace, golf equipment lead the way

Last year, manufacturing jobs in San Diego County paid an average wage of $75,800, up stoutly from the average wage of $53,800 throughout the private sector, according to data compiled by the National University System ...

Million-dollar lawyer

Illinois attorney practicing in San Diego stole big bucks from the elderly

The Illinois Supreme Court this month disbarred Brian P. Lee of Wheaton, Illinois. On February 19 of this year, Lee pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego to participating in a scheme to embezzle ...

Bribes for the bankers

National City Bank implicated in loan-bidding scam

On Friday (September 26), Israel Hechter, owner of a San Diego mortgage investment firm Ocean 18, admitted that he paid $1 million in bribes to bank insiders at JP Morgan Chase, GMAC Mortgage, and National ...

Angels flip off Snow White

But unlikely to get public money elsewhere in Southland.

The Angeles American League baseball team yesterday (September 26) broke off negotiations with the City of Anaheim over a deal for a renovated stadium. Negotiations had been going on for a year. The team would ...

Hands off the vodka

Suit says "handmade" vodka never touches human hands

Del Mar Law Group, which is making a name for itself suing companies for phony marketing, has filed a putative class action suit in Superior Court, stating that Austin, Texas-based Tito's Handmade Vodka is not ...

Goodbye to romance

CPUC removes PG&E's favored judge

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today (September 25) removed an administrative law judge from the hearing on rates that will be charged by Pacific Gas & Electric. This hearing is linked to the 2010 ...

Thanks to Rick Perry?

Austin and Ft. Worth booming; San Diego growth in middle of the pack

WalletHub, which aggregates statistics for states and metro areas, is out with new rankings: growth of metro areas between 2008 (the bottom of the Great Recession) and last year. Among large metro areas, San Diego ...

Stadium, convention center lies you will hear

Convention center propaganda machine is lubed and ready to spew.

Suppose San Diego spends $2 billion on a stadium and convention center expansion — then goes without adequate water

Moody's newspaper outlook grim

Can new ownership of a nonprofit U-T maintain a positive perspective?

The newspaper outlook is downcast, at least through next year, according to a new report by Moody's Investors Service. Because civic leader Malin Burnham would like to raise investor funds, take over the U-T, and ...

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