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County unemployment rate stays steady

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in November, unchanged from October. In November of 2013, the rate was 7 percent. Between October and November of this year, the county gained 13,500 jobs. ...

Banks paid solons so they can gamble with our money

Representatives Issa, Peters got paid to support moral hazard

Public Action Committees (PACs) of America's big banks shelled out lucre to Congress members to be able to gamble on derivatives trading and have taxpayers pick up their losses. At midmonth, the House and Senate ...

San Diego could thrive from pain

Wars. Promiscuous printing of money. Could San Diego cash in next year?

All those troubles in the world could help San Diego's economy. So could even more easy money.

Appeals court sides with CPUC, denies intervenor fees

Aguirre thwarted SDG&E plot to nail ratepayers, gets punished

Today (December 16), the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, denied an appeal by law firm Aguirre & Severson to get intervenor fees from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the firm's work in ...

She fell off a ski lift, sues for damages

Couple claims company was trying to hustle people on the lift

On December 9, San Diegans Sally and Louis Rumpf filed suit in federal court in Colorado, blaming faulty instructions for her injury falling from a ski lift. The suit charges that the lift attendant for ...

CityBeat runs mea culpa — but buried

Aguirre, who sued publication, still unhappy

On December 5, as noted in the Reader, former City Attorney Mike Aguirre sued the publication CityBeat for libel. It had stated in a November 12 column that Aguirre claimed that Representative Scott Peters, while ...

Sexual harassment case, settled, can't be dug up again

Appeals court says settlement bars male's second case

A man who got a settlement in a sexual harassment case can't file a second case for the same reason, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, ruled yesterday (December 15). Linda Greenberg, head of ...

No NFL team in LA next year?

Goodell says nothing imminent

The New York Times has reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is little progress on moving a team to the Los Angeles market. "I'm not at the point where I would ...

Suit charges ex-cop forced man to perform sexual act

Christopher Hays, now in jail, sued by woman same day

On Wednesday, December 10, Trent Gene Veasey, Jr., charged in Superior Court that he was forced to perform oral copulation on former San Diego policeman Christopher Hays. The suit names Hays, former Police Chief William ...

SEC censures San Diego accounting firm

Boros & Farrington gets cease and desist order

The Securities and Exchange Commission this month censured San Diego's Boros & Farrington Accountancy Corp. for engaging in "highly unreasonable conduct that resulted in violations of applicable professional standards," according to the securities agency. The ...

Government nabs jock swindler

Billy Crafton took undisclosed payoffs to hype Ponzi scheme

On Wednesday, December 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged San Diegan Bill C. (Billy) Crafton Jr., who counseled professional athletes on their finances, with fraudulent misconduct in violating federal securities laws. Importantly, Crafton agreed ...

SeaWorld president out; stock rises

Cost-cutting layoff plan continuing

SeaWorld Entertainment today (December 11) ousted its president and chief executive officer, Jim Atchison, who will become vice chairman of the problem-plagued company. Chairman David D'Alessandro will be interim chief executive. The stock rose 2.88 ...

San Diego one of top cities for active lifestyle

High percentage of people engage in physical activity

San Diego is 18th among 100 cities in citizens having an active lifestyle, according to WalletHub, which puts together statistics on American metropolitan areas and states. San Diego is tied for third in percentage of ...

Lawsuits attack Bridgepoint's automatic dialing pitches

Civil suits, government investigations pile up

On December 3, a suit was filed in Arizona federal court charging that Bridgepoint Education is violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using an automatic dialing system to send prerecorded messages to sales prospects. ...

Could that have been Padres money?

For $55.5 million, Rebecca Moores gets a unit overlooking Central Park

Rebecca Moores, ex-wife of former Padres owner John Moores, has purchased a Manhattan condo for $55.5 million, according to New York real estate publications 6sqft.com and the realdeal.com. She will have a full floor unit ...

None worse than Detroit

San Diego's percentage of needy ranks among nation's lowest

San Diego is among the American metropolitan areas with the lowest percentage of economically disadvantaged people, according to a study by WalletHub, a statistical tabulation organization. Among 150 American cities, ranked from best to worst, ...

Attorney Mike Aguirre sues CityBeat for libel

Publication telescoped 112-page legal opinion

Mike Aguirre, former city attorney, knows that he is a public figure in San Diego, but he nonetheless sued the publication CityBeat for libel today (December 5) in Superior Court. A public figure has a ...

Street-sweep city

Vietnam vet files suit claiming disability discrimination

Alan Welch is a disabled Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other afflictions such as heartbeat and heart-valve problems, breathing difficulty, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In October, Welch filed a suit against ...

Ryan Leaf released from Montana prison

Chargers draft bust has been plagued with addiction problems

Ryan Leaf, who has been called "the biggest bust in the history of professional sports," was released from a Montana prison yesterday (December 3) after getting two years for breaking into a home to nab ...

Vittles at Rick's

U-T publisher to back Perry's presidential run?

Texas governor Rick Perry, who suffered foot-in-mouth disease in his 2012 run for the Republican nomination, is assuring potential donors that this time he is doing his homework. According to a December 3 article in ...

You try being a lawyer

California bar shines spotlight on attorneys caught drinking and driving

Two San Diego County lawyers have gotten a public reproval from the California bar, both for drunken driving. According to the report by the bar, Richard James Schneiders of Carlsbad was reported October 4, 2013, ...

What about those Cayman Islands assets?

San Diego’s self-proclaimed “best” tax lawyer charged with embezzlement.

J. Douglass Jennings boasts that he knows the tax loopholes. But he and his wife owe more than $7 million in taxes and are charged with embezzlement.

Sorry, Government

Cricket Communications fined for overcharging feds

Cricket Communications, which has had a rocky history, agreed yesterday (December 1) to pay the federal government $2.17 million to resolve allegations that it overcharged law-enforcement agencies for the costs of carrying out court-ordered wiretaps ...

Gulp! Rancho Santa Fe is how thirsty?

Article says residents use five times the average of coastal area

The New York Times today (November 30) has a long story on the huge water usage of Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego County's most upscale community. According to state data, the tony town's residents used ...

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 ...

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