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Dean Spanos's new hired hand

Fred Maas has specialized in downtown corporate welfare

The Chargers announced yesterday afternoon (February 8) that Fred Maas, a specialist in steering public money into private real estate ventures, has been named a special advisor to the team's chief executive, Dean Spanos, who ...

A disgrace to the NFL?

DeBartolo Jr. gets into Pro Football Hall of Fame

The day before Sunday's Super Bowl, a number of star players were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A non-player also got in: Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco ...

Qualcomm executives sued

Top brass allegedly dumped stock while profits were artificially inflated

On Tuesday (February 2), a disenchanted investor filed a shareholder derivative suit charging that Qualcomm's top brass artificially inflated the company's earnings and then dumped their stocks. In a shareholder derivative suit, the shareholder sues ...

Dean Spanos takes TV test, flunks

Agreement with station: won't discuss past

“KUSI sports director Paul Rudy got the chance to set [sic] down with [Dean] Spanos today but with one condition, that we only speak about the future and not the past, and we agreed.” So ...

Utilities overspend and get rich in plain sight

It’s hypocrisy on steroids, but it’s very profitable

From the cradle onward, we are told to be thrifty. Unfortunately, public utilities do the reverse. They fatten up their bottom lines spending gobs of money on things they don’t need. Pro-utility, anti-consumer regulators reward ...

You call yourself a football fan?

High costs hurt San Diego's ranking in recent study

San Diego comes in 35th of 245 cities ranked as best for football fans, according to WalletHub, a statistics aggregator. But of the 31 NFL cities, 20 rank higher. The cities are ranked on two ...

Piggyback followed up with backbite

Kingpin convicted of insider trading sues his accomplice

One of San Diego's most publicized insider-trading cases involved Jing Wang, who was president of Qualcomm's global business operations. He pleaded guilty in July of 2014 to raking in about $250,000 of insider-trading gains involving ...

Ramp-up to inquiry on Alison Canyon gas leak

Consumer Watchdog to be Sempra Energy's unwanted hound from hell

San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson have joined with Santa Monica–based Consumer Watchdog to demand that Southern California Gas, a subsidiary of San Diego's Sempra Energy, be completely open with the public on ...

Spanos commits!

Chargers to stay in San Diego!

Dean Spanos, chief executive of the Chargers, this afternoon (January 29) issued a statement that essentially said what media have reported in the past 24 hours: "Today I decided our team will stay in San ...

All is not lost, Chargers fan

Inglewood deal said to be imminent, but Bolts may play 2016 season here

According to the Orange County Register, the Chargers could reach an agreement in principle to join the Rams in Inglewood as soon as this weekend, but the deal would be structured so that the Chargers ...

Bright, sunshiney day

Solar industry flames utilities — net energy metering system intact

California homeowners with solar-energy systems won a 3-2 vote at the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday (January 28). The powerful investor-owned utilities, which already have among the highest rates in the nation, wanted the ...

Oh, Mother's, what have you done?

San Diegan sues cookie manufacturer — Kellogg — over trans fat use

San Diegan Shavonda Hawkins on January 21 filed a putative class action suit in federal court against Michigan-based Kellogg Co., the big cereal-maker. Hawkins, represented by the Weston Firm, says she bought Mother's Cookies, a ...

Waves too small at Silicon Beach?

Future impact of San Diego’s tech industry is iffy

San Diego, which has in the past boasted the nickname "Silicon Beach" (among others), is the 17th-largest metropolitan area in the nation. But the county (the metro area) is only 20th as a promising location ...

Corporation seeks dismissal of murder charge

American Addiction Centers accused of mistreatment of alcoholic

AAC Holdings, Tennessee-based parent of American Addiction Centers, on Friday (January 22) made multiple filings to dismiss second-degree murder indictments against the company and several of its employees, including one in San Diego. The alleged ...

Utilities commission omission

Judge rules regulator can't opt out of producing documents

San Francisco Superior Court judge Ernest Goldsmith today (January 25) ruled that laws do not shield the California Public Utilities Commission from turning over critical documents related to the San Onofre nuclear plant shutdown. San ...

Have some unemployment dip with that holiday

December jobs numbers a tad better than expected

San Diego County's unemployment rate dipped to 4.7 percent in December, down from a revised 4.8 percent in November. However, much of the improvement was a result of seasonal holiday hiring, greatly in retailing. Total ...

How about the San Antonio Chargers?

Los Angeles Times op-ed says local team likely won't be moving north

Roger Noll, emeritus economics professor at Stanford, often considered the top expert on pro-sports economics, says, "Expect the Chargers to stay in San Diego." Noll made the statement in an op-ed he wrote today (January ...

U-T circulation plunging

Other metro dailies sinking, too

Richard Tofel, writing for medium.com, has come up with some shocking numbers on print newspaper circulation. Tofel, general manager of the investigative organization ProPublica and a former vice president of Dow Jones, has dug into ...

SneakPeek says it can determine the sex of an unborn child

Mothers say it is as reliable as a coin flip

On March 21 of 2014, a San Diego–based company named Gateway Genomics applied for incorporation in Delaware. Ten days later, the company filed for a trademark for its product, called SneakPeek. I found that “SneakPeek” ...

Coronado Pacific University sued for racketeering

Online university based in Pakistan made false claims

Alleged victims of an online diploma mill filed suit in San Diego Superior Court on January 11. The defendants include so-called Coronado Pacific University, at one time based in downtown San Diego. Among the charges ...

Qualcomm...a "patent troll"?

Rep. Darrell Issa pushes for reform, meets frustration

Patent reform stalled in Congress last year, but some solons are pushing hard for it this year. One bloc looking for reforms wants to rein in patent lawsuits. This reform would make it tougher for ...

Troubled Tri-City to pay $3 million for breaking laws

Cozy arrangements with doctors slammed

Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center, a hospital long plagued with management and labor problems, today (January 15) agreed to pay $3.3 million to resolve allegations it violated laws regarding its financial relationships with community physicians. The ...

An option: Chargers stay, Qualcomm gets facelift

Spanos family possibly can't afford Inglewood

It's time to talk sense about the Chargers. San Diego, with a massive infrastructure deficit, a need for bolstering police and fire protection, and voters wising up to the billionaire stadium scam, can't afford and ...

“Guaranteed growth rate.” Hmm...

Annuity ad misleading, claims overblown

Forbes columnist Ken Fisher proclaims, “I hate annuities.… The contracts are huge, obtuse, confusing and hence rarely read. Sales reps rarely realize the lies they peddle.” Sales commissions can be 8 percent or more, says ...

It's not over. Chargers given time to woo San Diego

League will toss in $100 million to sweeten the pot

Those wanting the San Diego Chargers ongoing drama to be ended this week will be disappointed: the National Football League is giving the team another year, at most, to get San Diegans to give the ...

Rams/Chargers Inglewood stadium close to winning vote

Vote said to be 20-12 in favor of opulent Kroenke facility

According to espn.com, the bid by Rams owner Stan Kroenke for a $2.6 billion Inglewood stadium appears to be leading the Chargers/Raiders proposal for a much more modest Carson stadium. The vote has been reported ...

Sheik Khan — a female — charged with fraud

She told clients they could triple their money

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has charged a group of penny stock players with criminal fraud in sale of a stock called VGTel, Inc. The Securities and Exchange Commission ...

Chargers head opposed to Inglewood move

Value of that stadium now $2.66 billion

Newspapers are coming up with news items as the 32 National Football League owners prepare to huddle Tuesday and Wednesday (January 12 and 13) over the Los Angeles relocation question. The Orange County Register reports ...

San Diego Raiders...how does that sound?

NFL commissioner suggests not enough stadium subsidies offered

The National Football League issued a statement on January 9, published by the L.A. Times, that says the plans for government stadium subsidies for Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego are "unsatisfactory and inadequate." NFL ...

Their son died in jail

Parents sue county, claim Joseph Scata Jr. should have seen a doctor

On January 4, Della and Joseph A. Scata Jr. of Vista filed suit against the county. The suit charges that their son, Joseph A. Scata Jr., had had chest pains, flu, and related symptoms on ...

Jefferson movin' on up the scrutiny list

Law school among 540 on "heightened cash monitoring" list

San Diego's troubled Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been put on the United States Department of Education's "heightened cash monitoring" list. According to the publication Inside Higher Ed, the department is closely monitoring more ...

CPUC ousts administrative law judge

Darling would not let attorney Mike Aguirre make his case

In a very brief statement on January 5, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) took administrative law judge Melanie Darling off the ongoing hearings into how the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear plant should ...

NFL oomph

Team relocation fee, at $550 million, could squeeze out Chargers

More and more analysts suspect that the National Football League owners won't make a decision on a team relocation to Los Angeles at their meeting January 12 and 13. For one thing, NFL Media Insider ...

Cleveland Browns apply to move to L.A.

The tale is satire, but uncovers important history

Browns fans apply to move team to L.A. Possible subhead: The tale is satire, but uncovers important history Andy Borowitz, who composes hilarious satire for the New Yorker magazine, writes that fans of the hapless ...

Bright and dim views of San Diego job market

Lousy employment growth, good socioeconomic environment

Out of 150 American cities, San Diego ranks 98th for those looking for a job, according to WalletHub, which puts together statistics on cities, metro areas, and states. San Diego comes out 148th in employment ...

Biotech kickback scheme backlash

Pathway Genetics violated False Claims Act, fined over $4M

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics Corporation, one of the larger national genetic testing companies, agreed on December 30 to pay $4.04 million to settle claims that it paid improper kickbacks to physicians in exchange for patient ...

Spanos thwarted near Sacramento

El Dorado project faces EIR, says judge

In December of 2014, Spanos Corporation, part of Stockton's A.G. Spanos Companies and headed by Chargers honcho Dean Spanos, announced that it would go ahead with a 250-unit luxury apartment project in El Dorado Hills, ...

City decks NFL proposal with lots of folly

Football league would bring in $187M for personal seat licenses?

The San Diego Chargers today (December 30) submitted its stadium subsidy plan to the National Football League. It is almost the same as the earlier plan put forward for a Mission Valley stadium. The stadium's ...

Fabiani packing up the carpetbag?

Chargers spokesman bought Manhattan condo as investment, he claims

San Diego Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani — now one of San Diego's most controversial persons — has purchased a condo unit at 60 East 8th Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The price for his unit, 18J, ...

Fabiani goes to work for casino billionaire

Still employed by the Chargers, of course

Mark Fabiani, who feasts off celebrities in trouble, is now representing Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whom Forbes estimates is worth $25 billion, the 15th richest plutocrat in the United States. Through a front ...

San Diego won’t be any more affordable next year

Economy could go up — or blow up

"The weakest recovery in history will not become the longest in history.” Thus speaks Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy Research. From late 2007 to early 2009, the United States ...

Bald-face Ponzi

Series of lies earns Paul Moore IV millions and then five years in prison

Paul Moore IV was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday (December 21) for running a Ponzi scheme that was brazen even by San Diego standards. According to federal court documents, Moore told investors that ...

Look out, Trump, here comes Rocky

With signature blitz, Roque De La Fuente gets on ballot in Michigan

San Diego real estate baron, car dealer, and banker Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente, who is running for president of the United States, has become the first person in modern history to submit enough signatures ...

Mark Twain speaks again in St. Louis

"It is extortion, but they are in a position to demand it."

St. Louis's aldermen voted yesterday (December 18) by 17-10 to build a billion-dollar-plus stadium to keep the Rams in the city. But the football team's owner, Stan Kroenke, has never shown any interest in keeping ...

A job for Christmas. And then...later on!

Seasonal retail gigs push unemployment rate down below 5%

San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in November, according to the state's Employment Development Department. That rate was down from a revised 5 percent in October and 6 percent a year earlier. ...

Hey hey hey! Cosby countersues Fallbrook lawyer

Accuser Tamara Green made her allegations over ten years ago

Bill Cosby on Monday (December 14) filed a countersuit in federal court in Massachusetts, claiming that seven women who have accused him of drugging and sexually exploiting them are guilty of "malicious, opportunistic, and false ...

Minding his own business, sleeping pantsless...

Disabled man says deputies beat him during misguided investigation

On December 11, Jeffory Fry filed a suit in federal court, claiming members of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department kicked, punched, and stomped on him, causing a trip to the hospital, because he was ...

Rooftop solar wins one!

Public utilities commission rejects utilities' punitive measures

The California Public Utilities Commission today (December 15) delivered a surprising victory for the rooftop solar industry, slapping down utilities that wanted to slash rates at which solar customers are compensated for electricity they generate. ...

San Diego "so-so" for singles

High cost of dating harms ranking

San Diego's singles scene is 41st out of 150 American cities, according to WalletHub, a company that compiles statistics on cities, metro areas, and states. (This study only relates to cities, not metro areas.) Half ...

Border Patrol agent crossed the line

Concealed video camera in ladies' room — 21 months in prison

United States supervisory Border Patrol agent Armando Gonzalez was sentenced today (December 14) to 21 months in prison for secreting a camera in a women's restroom to capture images. The camera had been placed in ...