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Stories by Don Bauder
Whisteblowers claim officers routinely add hours to time card
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is authorized to report violations such as wastes of funds reported by federal government whistleblowers. In a letter to President Obama, on October 31, the office reported six cases ...
Local chip-maker had $11.5 billion in cash a few months ago
According to a story in the Wall Street Journal that later appeared in the New York Times and on Bloomberg News, a consortium that includes Qualcomm, private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, and BlackBerry's cofounders, ...
Stock plunged on announcement that cancer-drug testing would cease
The San Diego law firm of Johnson & Weaver announced on November 1 that it is filing a lawsuit against San Diego biopharmaceutical firm Vical, Inc. The suit, intended to be a class action, alleges ...
Mainstreet Communications, umbrella over eight publications
Doug Manchester, owner of U-T San Diego, is continuing his monopolization of San Diego print media. According to the La Jolla Patch, Manchester's U-T has purchased Mainstreet Communications, which includes the La Jolla Light, the ...
Environmentalists say passage of SB 743 has statewide implications
Supporters of the Sacramento Kings pro basketball team are trying to get a $258 million subsidy for a new arena. The deal has been controversial because of the size of the proposed giveaway and the ...
Designer's name is also name of competitor
Callaway Golf has been sued by Cleveland Golf Co. for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Roger Cleveland sold his shares in the company named after him in 1990 and joined Callaway in 1996, according to ...
PepperBall Technologies gets contract with federal agency
PepperBall Technologies of San Diego (headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana) has received a sole-source $498,970 contract from the federal government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative unit of Homeland Security, to provide pepper-ball launchers, ...
Tops numbers reported a year ago
According to a report today, October 31, from the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations), U-T San Diego's average Sunday circulation dropped to 381,303 for the six months ended September 30 ...
Company abused H-1B rules — should Qualcomm be worried?
Infosys, the big outsourcing company based in India, has agreed to pay a $34 million fine for committing "systemic visa fraud and abuse" in bringing temporary workers into the United States. According to the New ...
Coffee spilled in sensitive area
Altaf Abro claims in a court case that he was in line at a Jack in the Box in South Houston, Texas. He says that hot coffee spilled in his groin area, and he had ...
Society expert Margo Schwab reports it
Margo Schwab's San Diego Social Diary is THE source on San Diego's beautiful people. She reports in her latest edition that Papa Doug Manchester, real estate baron and owner of the U-T, will marry his ...
Numbers show frightful fiscal reality, suggest that Mayor Sanders lied
There was to have been a debate tonight, October 24, among three mayoral candidates. It was to be sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Business Leadership Alliance. The U-T San ...
The "13th check" still doled out to SD retirees — $4.7M last year
It turns out that bankrupt Detroit practiced the same pension tomfoolery as San Diego, as noted in a New York Times article yesterday (Oct. 23). Detroit gave extra payments to retirees when the return on ...
Citizens don't have time to check in short campaign
In a short political campaign, such as the current mayoral race, voters don't have time to check preposterous statements or to get into critical but complex issues. Example: Candidate Nathan Fletcher has been caught in ...
Billion-dollar infrastructure deficit to blame?
San Diego hotel occupancy continues to lag the results of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco, according to Smith Travel Research numbers. Hotel guru Jerry Morrison of Encinitas blames this year's weak performance on ...
Pro athletes get caught in Ponzi schemes
San Diegans Bill C. (Billy) Crafton, Jr., and Todd LaRocca, representing the San Diego branch of SunTrust Banks’ Sports and Entertainment Specialty Group, allegedly bilked millions from professional sports players through a shell company named Westmoore.
San Diego businessmen reportedly in on the scam
Los Angeles businessman Sunil Jiwat Mirwani was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Monday, October 21, for dodging customs duties on more than $30 million in Chinese-made apparel. Mirwani reportedly got San Diego-based businessmen ...
American employers added 148,000 jobs in September, lower than economists' expectations, in a report delayed by the government shutdown. The unemployment rate dropped to a five-year 7.2% low, down from 7.3% the previous month, according ...
He wants $50
According to CNET News, Poway resident Mark David Menacher has sued tech giant Apple's chief executive Tim Cook in small-claims court and threatens to take his case to a higher court. Menacher claims Apple's iOS ...
It will cost you $250,000 a week
Pssst! Wanna ride in the late David Copley's yacht, once christened Happy Days? It will only cost you $250,000 a week. The yacht has been refurbished ("refitted," in yachting circles) and has been put out ...
His office hired a psychologist
San Diegans have a misconception that progressives Marco Gonzalez, Cory Briggs, and Donna Frye launched the movement to oust Mayor Filner for his treatment of women. Right after the negotiations that led to Filner's decision ...
The league and teams get a cut
The National Football League (NFL) is covered with pink these days — on the cheerleaders, on the players, on the refs. It's supposedly for cancer research. But ESPN's Darren Rovell figured that only 8 percent ...
Called the nationwide glut "gigantic"
By and large, political and economic conservatives pushed the San Diego Convention Center expansion plans through. They didn't read, or ignored, an article that appeared in City Journal in winter of last year. The magazine ...
Students fear that school could go for-profit
Students at the Scripps Ranch campus of Alliant International University (formerly United States Internatiional University) are worried that the school may go the for-profit route and their degrees will lose value sharply. "God forbid that ...
Liars line up to hype future Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, Olympics
Such balderdash that the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center or a new Chargers stadium would result in huge revenues from the hosting of Final Four tournaments, Super Bowls, or the Olympics. Poppycock!
Construction-related unions, which are persuasive among Democrats, sleep with corporate welfare mendicants, who are Republicans. Result: the construction of unnecessary and wasteful structures.
Even our beloved Founding Fathers had sex scandals
Watergate wasn't a sex scandal, but it ignited decades of them as media learned where the money was.
Geniya Derzhavina came to San Diego from Siberia, and will marry one of city's richest men.
The convention center industry knows there is a huge glut of space. Why don't San Diego expansion boosters mention it?
A Vista resident who can't read English says he's victimized by a bank's fine print.
It appears that Papa Doug got mini-cameo roles as a reward for investing in films.
Utilities such as San Diego Gas & Electric are trying to frustrate rooftop solar. But despite all the utilities' clout and big bucks, rooftop solar will prevail some day.
Civic San Diego, champion of corporate welfare as Centre City, now claims it supports affordable housing and the homeless.
Golf deep in the hole — San Diego no exception
Golf courses got overbuilt in anticipation of baby boomer retirements. But do boomers have patience for golf? Golfing is on the decline in San Diego. What to do with all that land?
Texas woos gunmakers — and everybody else
Today's civil war — states bribing companies to move — is a negative sum game for the nation.
Michael Clifford boasts that his for-profit college investments are winners, but woes suggest otherwise.
According to the Jacksonville Electric Authority, San Diegans pay the highest electricity rates in the U.S. There are examples that point to the fact that UCAN doesn’t do the best job at lobbying the California Public Utilities Commission to give residents a break; in fact, their relationship could be called “cozy.”
Apricus, Innovus tackle bedroom disorders
Do females suffer from sexual dysfunction or are men unskillful in bed?
Escondido's white minority rules, but Latinos want fair representation.
Some kind of unhappy result of this madcap money printing by the Federal Reserve is inevitable: wait for the next disastrous economic bubble to burst.
Will Hedgecock pivot?
Former disgraced San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock makes a big slug of money from a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in Arlington, Virginia, the American Studies Center.
The financial squeeze (high costs, low pay) is worse for San Diego's young adults.
Paying extremely low wages to hotel workers boosts profits of out-of-town owners and deprives San Diego of spending power.
Downtown overlords and labor want to rewrite federal, state, and local laws to build a Convention Center expansion into the teeth of a perfect storm.
San Diego is a haven for multilevel marketing scams, which are often pyramid schemes.
Are Hollywood, football, and the media to blame for America’s penchant for violence?
In silent movies, Mary Pickford was angelic — her Southern California admirers aren’t. Elizabeth and Thomas Coldicutt, helped by San Diegans, allegedly set up shell companies to lure investors.
H-1B visa opponents say corporations such as Qualcomm are using the program to lower the prevailing wage for engineers and tech employees across the board.
The high-maintenance watchdog
UCAN, the San Diego–based Utility Consumers’ Action Network, burdened by scandal and misuse of funds, should shut down, some say. Some say otherwise.
Are you tired of sluggish economic growth? Well, you could live in Europe, which is in a recession, or Japan, which has been struggling since 1989. Local economists look for slow growth in the United ...