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Today the saddest day ever for Chargers fans

Team owner Spanos declares they're heading north

San Diego Chargers chairman Dean Spanos made it official this morning: the team is moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. Spanos met with employees this morning. Spanos handed out a statement: "After much ...

Chargers get an extra 48 hours

Spanos won't need to make L.A. decision until January 17

The Chargers today (January 11) got a two-day extension to decide whether or not they will move to Los Angeles. The cutoff date was January 15, but owners, meeting in New York, decided that since ...

Wells Fargo’s wheels are falling off the stagecoach

USD’s Frank Partnoy warned of the legendary bank's woes in 2013

In early September of 2016, the shocking news broke: thousands of employees of Wells Fargo Bank — generally considered a relatively pure institution — had secretly opened millions of unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts ...

SDG&E again asks for 2007 fire cost reimbursement

Utility gets tongue-lashing from taxpayers at meeting

San Diego Gas & Electric in 2012 tried to get ratepayers to pick up the tab for uninsured costs of the 2007 fires, for which a unit of the California Public Utilities Commission blamed SDG&E's ...

Grabby doctors

State medical board disciplines local MDs for misconduct

The executive director of the Medical Board of California has recommended discipline for five county doctors. The board has recommended that the license of Del B. Dalton of Chula Vista be revoked or suspended. The ...

Former DA's office attorney suspended for conspiracy

Five county lawyers disciplined by state bar

According to the January California Bar Journal, the following San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined by the state bar. Allison Christine Worden of San Diego was suspended for 60 days and placed on two ...

Disabilities act a shakedown vehicle?

Plaintiff filed almost 160 lawsuits in 2016

On December 29, San Diegan Chris Langer filed a suit against the Cotter Company and Cotter Church Supplies of Los Angeles. In the suit, Langer complained that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act ...

Trump economy: Boring in San Diego?

There’s political uproar, but the economy may snooze

Economic forecasters are befuddled. Will President Trump ignite destructive trade wars? Or will a crackdown on companies shipping jobs overseas jack up employment and stimulate the economy? Will his planned massive tax cuts thrust the ...

Cops justified in shooting Marine 37 times

Robert Medina allegedly steered car toward officer

Ten years ago, Robert Medina, a Marine with post-traumatic stress disorder, led 18 officers and 13 police cars on a chase on I-15 through Oceanside, finally ending in Encinitas. The officers used spike strips and ...

Disbarred and in debt

J. Douglass Jennings must pay back fraudulently obtained funds

Former tax law attorney J. Douglass Jennings — now officially disbarred, according to State Bar records — cannot discharge a debt that he incurred in bankruptcy, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District, ruled ...

Union leader denies sexual harassment charges

Lawsuit claims Mickey Kasparian made demands for oral sex

In a suit filed last Monday (December 19), Mickey Kasparian, president of the United Food & Commercial Union Local 135, is charged with sexual harassment by a former employee who worked for him. Isabel Vasquez ...

Accused elder abuser aims at justice system

Claims 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendment rights violated

He was charged with elder abuse, then packing a gun Possible subhead: He files suit, but this week he's back in hoosegow In October of last year, the district attorney's office charged Joshua Alan Blow ...

City's pension liability zooms up by $937 million

"They have...basically put the city in bankruptcy."

The City of San Diego's pension liability as of June 30 has soared to $2.65 billion, up by $937 million since June of 2015, according to a report by Cheiron, the actuarial firm used by ...

Few local politicians realize the importance of trees

Is water conservation backfiring?

San Diego needs many more trees and must take better care of the sparse trees it has. Trees shade us from the sun, reduce urban heat and noise, save energy, raise property values, improve air ...

Shopping season jobs report

County unemployment rate down to 4.3 percent

The unemployment rate in the county was 4.3 percent in November, down from a revised 4.7 percent in October, and down from 5 percent from a year ago. San Diego did better than the nation, ...

State bar exam tough for local law school grads

Results "shocking" — lower pass rate than in previous years

Graduates of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, taking the 2016 California Bar exam for the first time, were tied for second worst in the state, according to the publication Above the Law. Only 31 percent ...

If Chargers move to L.A., they'll have two losing teams

Rams not doing so well in attendance, TV

The pro football Rams' reception in Los Angeles is mediocre at best. Television ratings have been low to so-so. About 9.8 percent of area homes have been turned on to Rams games. That's worse than ...

North County wealth study

Poverty lower, incomes higher than countywide

North County is better off economically than the rest of San Diego County, according to a study released yesterday (December 7) by the Center on Policy Initiatives. It used data from the Census Bureau's 2015 ...

Tough times for bulldog lawyer Mary Frances Prevost

Bar suspends her for third time — personal vendetta?

Mary Frances Prevost (pronounced PRAY-vo), who describes herself on her website as "California's Top Criminal & DUI Attorney," has been suspended by the California Bar for the third time. She was suspended from law practice ...

For-profit universities get the Trump bump

San Diego–based Bridgepoint stock soars

On November 7, the day before the election, stock of San Diego's troubled Bridgepoint Education sold for $7.02. The company is under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and ...

Trump treasury pick Mnuchin tied to smelly banking

His group bought seized, corrupt La Jolla Bank

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump repeatedly knocked opponent Hillary Clinton for the highly paid speeches she gave for Wall Street's Goldman Sachs. Now Trump has named Steven Mnuchin, who spent 17 years with ...

Cop killed dog without provocation, say owners

City, department, and officer Robert Meiselmen named in lawsuit

On February 21 of this year, a San Diego policeman killed a family dog that had not made an aggressive move, says a lawsuit filed November 22 in federal court. Alfredo and Socorro Fuentes are ...

5-Hour Energy counterfeiters popped

Civil case leads to federal conviction

Joseph and Adriana Shayota, a married couple from El Cajon, were convicted late Monday (November 28) of criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in misbranded food by a federal court in San Jose. They were considered ...

Convention center report padded with favorable numbers

"People aren't staying anywhere near four nights, and they never have."

The San Diego Convention Center's 2016 annual report is out, and it raises many questions. For starters, why in the world do cities keep expanding space when only 50 percent of it is in use ...

Stroke victim sues sheriff's department

Woman barred deputy's entrance into her home

Rose Ebersole, a 70-year-old San Diego woman, says in a federal court lawsuit that a sheriff's deputy, demanding to get into her home, slammed her to the ground when she denied entrance, resulting in a ...

SDG&E takes another shot at picking your pocket

Wants ratepayers to chip in $379 million for 2007 fires

In recent years, the words “California Public Utilities Commission” have come to mean one thing: corruption. The commission has concentrated on boosting profits of the investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Edison International, and Pacific Gas ...

Two ex-officers stiffed the Marines

Major bilked military of $205,000

Former Marine Major Jason Wild, a reservist, was convicted by a federal jury today (November 22) of participating in a four-year-long conspiracy that fleeced the United States Marine Corps of more than $205,000. Wild falsely ...

Get rich suing pharmaceuticals!

Founder of scheme admits it was a fraud

David Aldrich, founder of PLCMGMT LLC, also known as Prometheus, pleaded guilty today (November 22) to defrauding investors who were told they would get rich from lawsuits against makers of prescription drugs and medical devices. ...

Execs pledged their stock as loan collateral

And then the crooks dumped the stock to fund the loans

A Florida-based financial manipulator was found guilty by a San Diego federal jury yesterday (November 21) of 16 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy. Along with two others, Jeffrey Spanier set ...

County unemployment rises — as do jobs numbers

How so?

The county unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in October, up from 4.7 percent in September. The county gained 8900 jobs in the month. Government jobs rose by 6700, and seasonal government jobs rose by 3300, ...

Will digital newspapers edge out print?

How much money has been wasted on digital newspapers?

"Get a horse!” From 1900 to the 1920s, those were the words that made a comedian out of every American who shouted them. Those bellowed beratings were, of course, aimed at people who had purchased ...

Seuss characters snatched, charges suit

Connecticut company seems guilty of blatant rip-off

On November 10, San Diego–based Dr. Seuss Enterprises filed suit in federal court, claiming a Connecticut company infringed on trademarks and copyrights of characters created by the late La Jollan Theodor S. Geisel, the children's ...

Homeopathic doctor said what?

Medical board levels charges against "Be Well Associates" physician

The Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Dan Orville Harper, MD, who practices at Be Well Associates in Solana Beach. He is charged with negligence, gross negligence, and unprofessional conduct in his ...

Citizens victors over NFL greed

San Diego expects a different Chargers deal

On November 7, 57 percent of voters rejected the downtown stadium Measure C, and only 43 percent approved the construction of a combined football stadium/convention center. But local media are not asking the right questions. ...

Surfrider's I.B. surf contest iffy

Wastewater reportedly flowing through nearby canyon

Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) organized a binational surf contest for this Sunday (November 6) where Imperial Beach abuts the border, but a sewage flow threatens to interfere, according to a spokesperson ...

Joan Kroc gave away Ray’s fortune

Ray Kroc’s hamburger money was well spent

For years, I believed that the late Joan Kroc was an angel. When San Diegans called her “St. Joan of the Arches” (as in the golden arches of the McDonald’s burger chain), I didn’t feel ...

Fat Leonard deputies destined for prosecution

Two ex-executives of Glenn Defense ensnared in Navy scam

Two former executives of Glenn Defense Marine Asia have been extradited from Singapore and arraigned on charges of participating in a conspiracy to submit fraudulent information, price quotes, claims, and invoices to the U.S. Navy ...

Physician's assistant brings on physician's demise

Dr. Smith had been licensed since 1958

Robert Smith, MD, lost his physician's and surgeon's certificate this month for prescribing controlled substances to a physician's assistant who was employed in the same office as Smith. According to the Medical Board of California, ...

300 percent returns? No.

Prometheus head James Catipay pleads guilty

James Catipay pleaded guilty yesterday (October 26) to defrauding investors through a plan to recruit plaintiffs for lawsuits against pharmaceutical firms. He was promising returns of 100 percent to 300 percent per year. His company, ...

Bridgepoint over troubled waters

To survive, school needs "miraculous win" in GI Bill funding court case

"Bridgepoint Education will likely not exist this time next year," wrote research analyst Duane Bair in an October 23 essay for Seeking Alpha. "The same circumstances that bankrupted peers could result in the demise of ...

September unemployment rate recedes

Government jobs help the stats

San Diego County unemployment was 4.7 percent in September, down from a revised 5 percent in August and below the year-ago estimate of 4.8 percent. Between August and September, the county gained 4000 jobs. From ...

Trump University case headed to trial

Deposition videotape still secret

In federal court, judge Gonzalo Curiel this morning (October 20) thumbed down a motion by Donald Trump's lawyers to throw out the Trump University case. Former students at Trump's highly-touted real estate seminars had raised ...

Redefining sportsmanship in the age of egregious greed and persistent lying

Professional sports are corrupt

The dictionary defines “sportsmanship” as “fair play; respect for opponents; polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport.” That definition is woefully out of date. Now the definition of “sportsmanship” is “egregious greed; ...

U-T print circulation continues to plummet

Swan dive due to several factors

Union-Tribune average seven-day print circulation is plunging precipitously. For the year ended October 1, average daily print circulation was only 144,085, down from 164,532 in 2015 and from 189,822 in 2013. This information is critical ...

Chargers advertising — lies, lies, lies

Maas now tells the whoppers

Fred Maas, special advisor to Chargers chief Dean Spanos, is now the team's designated prevaricator. Maas claims in ads that the team's stadium proposal (Measure C) won't cost San Diegans a dime unless they stay ...

Moores bidding for British soccer team

Team now owned by Kuwait tycoon

John Moores, former Padres owner and major San Diego real estate wheeler-dealer, is trying to buy Nottingham Forest, a British soccer team, according to the Nottingham Post. The team is currently owned by Fawaz Al ...

What got into Wells Fargo?

Blame management hubris

A prominent La Jolla resident, who does not want her name used, knows what led Wells Fargo down the crooked path: management hubris. In 2009, her daughter was headed for college. Mother and daughter went ...

Local navy officer took bribes from Malaysian

Provided with prostitutes

Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord, a San Diegan, pleaded guilty in federal court today (October 13) to accepting cash, stays at luxury hotels, and prostitutes from foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia. A total of ...

Four county lawyers disciplined by State Bar

Client funds overdrawn, misappropriated, comingled

Four county lawyers were disciplined by the State Bar in July. Robert Sibilia of Oceanside was suspended from practicing law for 90 days and put on probation for a year. He was charged with misappropriating ...

Wells Fargo says Americans timid with investments

Retiring Wells CEO aggressive inside the bank

Yesterday (October 11) Wells Fargo released a study concluding that many Americans are investing too conservatively for their retirement. Today (October 12) Wells Fargo announced that its chief executive, John Stumpf, will retire, effective immediately. ...

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