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Stadium vote: "challenging but winnable"

The passing of a new Chargers stadium ballot measure next year will be "challenging but winnable," according to a study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research. The Republican-Latino coalition that put the ...

Publications again point finger at Copley water use

Law protects big guzzlers

As the drought threatens California, journalists are once again pointing to a 1997 law that weakened California open government laws by shielding huge water users — corporations as well as rich folks. On Thursday, April ...

Retired master sergeant headed to slammer for two years

He cruised gyms, stole credit cards, went on spending sprees

Christopher Dwan Underwood, a retired Air Force master sergeant, was sentenced to two years in prison today (April 17) for stealing government credit cards and personal identifying information from service members. According to United States ...

He stole from elderly, served time

Now he is banned from securities industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (April 17) banned Charles Duane Lewis from association with anyone in the securities industry. Lewis, who resides in La Mesa, was a broker with H.D. Vest Investment Securities from ...

County unemployment rate keeps dropping

March hit 5.1 percent as county gained 8000 jobs

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from a revised 5.3 percent in February, as 8000 nonfarm jobs were added in the month. Government was the big gainer, adding 2000 ...

"Patriots"? Hah.

Army reservists caught selling guns to drug cartel impostors

Two United States Army reservists were arrested yesterday (April 15) for illegally selling military firearms to an undercover agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. Jaime Casillas and Andrew Reyes were to ...

Order in the court, Judge Bencivengo!

Attorney Mike Aguirre to point out utilities commission case is not dead

Attorney Mike Aguirre will argue this afternoon (April 16) that U.S. District court judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo was wrong when she ruled tentatively earlier this week that Aguirre's "taking" case could not be heard in ...

House poor, data rich

Numbers indicate San Diegans pay more for shelter than all metro areas

In the fourth quarter of last year, the median home price in San Diego hit $430,000 — 59 percent higher than the 2009 bottom but still below the $500,000 peak of 2005. Kelly Cunningham, economist ...

The nefarious nut

Two-thirds of the almond and pistachio crops are sent overseas

Are almonds "the center of a nefarious plot to suck California dry?" asks the publication Mother Jones, which has been reporting regularly on the possibility of a Southwest megadrought and the problem with so much ...

Big-idea Todd

Rancho Santa Fe attorney admits forgery, put up clients' cases as collateral

Todd Macaluso, a Rancho Santa Fe attorney, pleaded guilty today (April 14) to forging signatures of clients and notaries as part of a scheme to put personal-injury clients' cases up as collateral to investors without ...

Hedge fund wants Qualcomm to break up

It's a scheme to run up stock, which is up sharply this morning

Activist investment hedge fund Jana Partners this morning (April 13) said it wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business. Qualcomm stock is up more than 5 percent in pre-opening ...

Something sinister in Warsaw?

Utilities commissioner Peevey likely wrote San Onofre script with Edison VP

On March 26, 2013, Michael Peevey, then president of the California Public Utilities Commission, and Stephen Pickett, then an executive vice president of Southern California Edison, had a secret huddle at the Bristol Hotel in ...

But will there be enough water for One Paseo?

Development opponents point out "historic drought of Biblical proportions."

Three community groups today (April 8) filed a writ of mandate in Superior Court to overturn the city council's March approval of the massive One Paseo development project and the council's certification of the environmental ...

Plainly constitutional

Companies can't sponsor ballot measures in Chula Vista

On Friday (April 3), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision that keeps corporations and associations from being official proponents of ballot measures. A group called Chula ...

Casino boss told to butt out of button rumpus

National Labor Relations Board spanks Casino Pauma

On Tuesday (March 31), the National Labor Relations Board, which monitors unfair labor practices, told Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley that it has to rescind anti-union practices such as prohibiting employees from wearing union buttons. ...

Aw, man, you got ginkgo biloba'ed?

Putative class action filed against Costco says smart pills didn't work

For at least a century, people have been told that smart pills really don't make you smarter. Now the thesis is being tested in federal court in San Diego. A case originally filed in San ...

Reduce water…and continue building? Huh?

Global warming could make drought last decades

Yesterday (April 1), Governor Jerry Brown imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. He wants California's water use slashed by 25 percent. He read off some horrifying statistics: the state's snowpack ...

Fired — and not liking it at all

Former head of Tri-City Healthcare sues for unlawful termination

Larry Anderson, who was fired as head of Oceanside's Tri-City Healthcare District on October 17 of 2013, filed suit in federal court on March 25, claiming the medical center violated his 14th Amendment rights, among ...

Put up or cover-up, public utilities commission?

Agency delays documents, pays pricey attorneys for strategic guidance

Ever since Watergate, astute observers have said about American law enforcement and the justice system, "It's not the crime. It's the cover-up." When the press and the public get suspicious of a massive coverup, the ...

Is Peevey worth $882 an hour?

State judicial employees say they can handle case of former commission head

A group representing attorneys employed by the state says that the $5.2 million that the state will pay an outside law firm, Sheppard Mullin, to defend former California Public Utilities Commission head Michael Peevey is ...

Chargers in Inglewood? Looks like it

Could all or part of the team be sold?

Channel 10 is reporting tonight that the plans for Stan Kroenke's stadium in Inglewood have separate locker rooms for two home teams and two separate owners' boxes. Ergo, two National Football League teams will occupy ...

Watershed moment...and the levee holds

Ellen Pao loses tech gender bias case against against Silicon Valley firm

In a suit closely watched throughout the tech industry, Ellen Pao lost her gender bias case this afternoon (March 27) against the Silicon Valley venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. A jury ...

Michael Shames loses appeal of libel suit

Former UCAN head protested payment of legal fees

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, yesterday (March 25) ruled that Michael Shames, former head of Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN), will have to pay legal fees incurred in a libel suit he lost ...

Blackout ban may suggest L.A. mess close to solution

But do Chargers have money to relocate there?

National Football League owners and executives are huddling in Phoenix this week and Chargers fans are waiting for big announcements that probably won't come. The owners were given a thorough briefing on the team-relocation situation ...

(Un)happy Repeat Offenders Day!

Two cases of not learning the length of the law's arm

Yesterday (March 23) was one for repeat offenders in San Diego. Ramiro Plascencia-Orozco was given an extraordinarily long sentence — 15 years — for identity theft. According to federal court records, Plascencia-Orozco has used at ...

Nuke waste volleyball

Edison, SDG&E want feds, not state, to decide decommissioning issues

Tons of nuclear waste will be buried in North County as the now-decommissioned San Onofre nuclear plant is taken apart over the next several years. But the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission should have jurisdiction over ...

River pilots fleeced by San Diego pirates

Local real-estaters headed east to cheat Louisianans

Timothy Monahan, a San Diego real estate developer, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison Thursday (March 19) in New Orleans. Monahan and another San Diego real estate operator, Mark Hoffmann, convinced ...

The economy in shock

Cost of SD living soars, thanks in part to that electricity bill

We all know that San Diego incomes are a good deal higher than the nation's, but the cost of living is far higher. The result is a squeeze. And energy costs are a big part ...

Local unemployment rate drops sharply

Government jobs pick up

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in February, down from a revised 5.8 percent in January and 7.1 percent a year earlier. Non-farm jobs rose 6200 during the month. The big gainer ...

Blame Reagan, Bush Jr, Obama…and Andrew Mellon

Economist Arthur Laffer blasts government for dependence on wealthy

Economist Arthur Laffer, the so-called father of supply-side economics, was based in San Diego for many years after leaving the Reagan administration. He left San Diego for Nashville in 2007. During a speaking tour in ...

Developer of La Costa dies

Resort's reputation as former hangout for hoodlums perseveres

Irving "Irv" Roston, who in the early 1960s headed up development and construction of the La Costa Resort and Spa, died March 13. After heading up the development, Roston remained as a partner and director ...

Homes worth zero

Fannie Mae busts rogue stealing and selling titles

Daniel Deaibes pleaded guilty in federal court today (March 18) to stealing titles of homes and then selling them to victims who learned they owned a home worth nothing. Deaibes and two other defendants, Mazen ...

We dribble

SD rated as one of least-mad roundball cities

What are the maddest of the mad American basketball-mad cities? WalletHub, which compiles statistics on United States metropolitan areas and states, has used several metrics to measure the craziest basketball cities. Among those metrics: number ...

Small boost in price of San Bruno explosion

Public utilities commission says PG&E must shell out $200M more

The California Public Utilities Commission on March 13 announced that Pacific Gas & Electric must shell out more money for its role in the 2010 explosion in San Bruno that killed several people and leveled ...

A scheme to lower engineers’ wages

The (false) case for foreign tech workers

Qualcomm’s stated motivation behind the push for H-1B workers is H-1BS.

January unemployment rate rises

County lost 20,100 jobs in the month

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in January, up from 5.5 percent in December, according to the state Employment Development Department. However, the rate was down from the 7.2 percent of a ...

AEG pulls out of L.A. stadium negotiations

Chargers may have shot at Inglewood location — if team has money

The Los Angeles Times is reporting this evening (March 9) that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), owned by multi-billionaire Philip Anschutz, is pulling out of its plans to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. ...

Qualcomm engineers its financial product

Company will buy back $15 billion of stock

On the day of its annual meeting in San Diego (March 9), Qualcomm announced a a plan to buy back $15 billion of its common stock. It still has $2.1 billion stock it can buy ...

Sort of like the results of a fad diet

Stock value of Orexigen rises and falls based on news of weight-loss drug

Stock of San Diego biotech Orexigen Therapeutics, which produces a weight-loss product, Contrave, has had a full ride in a short time. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is irate over the company's release of ...

Missing from the Minkow movie

He was never redeemed

The unfinished movie about Barry Minkow characterizes him as an ex-crook turned angel. The script must be completely rewritten.

South Korea is investigating Qualcomm

Antitrust the topic, as it was in China

The publication androidheadlines.com is reporting that, according to an unnamed source in South Korea's Trade Commission, Qualcomm is under investigation by that country. This was first reported by Maeil Business Newspaper of South Korea. The ...

Holy Ram nation, Mr. Spanos

Chargers' L.A. option may vanish if Inglewood council okays Kroenke stadium

According to two stories (February 9 and February 12), in the Los Angeles Times, the Inglewood City Council could vote as early as February 24 on developer Stan Kroenke's plan to build a $1.5 billion ...

As San Diego's economy hollows...

52,000 jobs paying $38K to $56K a year were lost in past decade

San Diego County lost 52,000 middle-wage jobs (paying $38,000 to $56,000 a year) between 2004 and 2014, according to new data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. "What we have been failing to ...

You may turn down rental car insurance and still pay for it

Local attorneys pursue case against Dollar Rent A Car

Travelers turn down rental car insurance but still get charged.

San Diego, mortgage hot spot

Turn-down rate here for African-Americans is less than half national average

Among the nation's 30 largest metro areas, San Diego is the best for an African-Amerian attempting to get a mortgage. Zillow.com came out with a study yesterday (February 9). It measures the rate at which ...

Shut up! Shut up!

Edison admits secret huddle with Michael Peevey on San Onofre

This afternoon (February 9), Southern California Edison belatedly filed a document with the California Public Utilities Commission, admitting that the company met secretly with former commission president Michael Peevey. At the secret meeting, Peevey suggested ...

Muscular marketing

Cytosport's Muscle Milk products not as advertised

The San Diego law firm of Finkelstein & Krinsk, representing three plaintiffs, has sued Benicia-based Cytosport in federal court on grounds that the company's sports nutrition products do not contain the ingredients and characteristics advertised. ...

Los Angeles is for lovers

And San Diego is fourth best place for Valentine's Day

San Diego will be the fourth best city in the nation for celebrating Valentine's Day February 14, says WalletHub, the outfit that keeps state, city, and metro area statistics. San Diego will have the second ...

Edison screws its employees, too

Tech press and politicians complain of H-1B abuses

Southern California Edison, whose electricity rates are consistently among the highest in the nation, isn't satisfied just to screw ratepayers. Now, politicians in both houses of Congress, along with technology publications and academics, are strongly ...

FDA undercover

Agents crack down on youth smoking, warning letters sent

Food and Drug Administration undercover agents are patrolling retail outlets, looking for sales of tobacco products to young people under age 18. The FDA got this authority under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The ...

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