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Stories by Don Bauder

More tippling? Bar employment up

County gains 5100 jobs in month

. San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in May, down from a revised 6.1 percent in April, according to the state Employment Development Department. The county gained 5100 jobs in the month, ...

U-T shuns climate change in wildfire stories

Other state media pick up such coverage

According to Media Matters, a liberal nonprofit research organization that monitors media, the U-T is barely mentioning climate change in its wildfire coverage. However, other state media are doing the reverse. The media watchdog reports ...

Woes at Bridgepoint, United States University

State and federal regulators, legislators, and accreditors finally seem to be getting wiser to the for-profit universities. San Diego’s publicly held Bridgepoint Education — target of investigators but darling of the local business establishment — ...

Because 1 billion is not enough

Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs uses tax maneuver that helps drain U.S. Treasury

Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs and his wife, Stacy, employ a legal but controversial tax strategy that can greatly lessen or eliminate estate and gift taxes, according to Qualcomm and Securities and Exchange Commission filings. It's ...

Armed with papers

Public Utilities Commission advisor calls cops on Michael Aguirre

Yesterday (June 16), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held an open meeting in Costa Mesa at which proponents and opponents of the San Onofre payment settlement could express their opinions. At 4 p.m., San ...

PriceSmart brouhaha in Jamaica resolved

Cubans can now shop at membership stores

Cubans working in Jamaica are again free to shop at membership retailer PriceSmart, according to the publication The Gleaner. Earlier this year, PriceSmart suspended accounts of residents and staff of the Cuban embassy on Jamaica. ...

Never go to Tax Court on Friday the 13th

Turf club owner Reddam loses suit over Cayman Islands tax dodge

John Paul Reddam, one of the owners of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, lost an appeal from the U.S. Tax Court on Friday (June 13). According to the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, a Los Angeles publication specializing ...

Tony Gwynn dies at 54

He believed his cancer came from chewing tobacco

San Diego Padres Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died today (June 16) of cancer. Since the end of March, Gwynn had been on medical leave as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma ...

La Jolla surgeon slated to lose license

Medical board cites cases of negligence

Dr. Timothy G. Canty, Sr. of La Jolla will lose his physician's and surgeon's license June 17 if the executive director of the Medical Board of California agrees with negligence accusations filed by the attorney ...

What kind of racket is this, Lansdowne?

Former SDPD chief joins controversial cell-phone recycling firm

Retired San Diego police chief William Lansdowne has joined a controversial firm named ecoATM. The company installs ATM-like receptacles that pay instant cash for cell phones. Trouble is, law-enforcement officials were saying last year that ...

Indian bilker

San Diegan pleads guilty to defrauding Indians

Bart Wayne Volen, who has residences in San Diego and Hawaii, yesterday (June 12) pleaded guilty to looting $17 million to $19 million from owners of the Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln, according to the ...

Construction falters when empty nest refills

Post-teens living at home dent SD economy

If you want to help the local economy, shoo those in their 20s out of the family home. That's the unstated message of a study by Kelly Cunningham of the National University System Institute for ...

Good news for Mickelson

Cleared of some insider trading charges (not all) and the golf game is strong

The New York Times did an unusual mea culpa today (June 11), admitting that sources who told the paper that local golfing star Phil Mickelson had possibly traded illegally in shares of Clorox have acknowledged ...

Ringleader of casino kiosk scam confesses

Cheated big bank of $1 million

Ara Keshishyan pleaded guilty today (June 10) to leading and organizing a 14-defendant conspiracy to steal money from Citibank's casino kiosks. The gang pulled the stunt in ten casinos in California and Nevada, including Pechanga ...

Super Bowl "wish list" items are requirements

Minneapolis finds out how much it must give up for the 2018 game

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune today (June 9) published the confidential wish list that the National Football League (NFL) demands of a Super Bowl host. Minneapolis will host the game in 2018. The requirements are detailed in ...

Paul's princely pay

In line with exec pay average…which went up 32 percent from previous year

Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs raked in $20.7 million in total compensation last year — 62nd among 200 chief executives of companies with capitalization of at least $1 billion filing proxies last year by May 30. The ...

California or Corrupt Public Utilities Commission?

CPUC fires lawyer pressing for PG&E pipeline records

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has abruptly fired a lawyer who was pressing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to reveal which pipelines it had tested for high pressure, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, ...

Mr. Buckets of Money

Lucia Sr. barred from securities, but firm prospers

In September of 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged that nationally syndicated radio personality Raymond Lucia Sr. was spreading misleading information to potential investors at seminars. Lucia had told participants that his "Buckets of ...

Ponzi is never pretty

San Diegan settles with securities commission

Matthew Sample of San Diego raised around $1 million, mainly from New Mexico investors, then fraudulently diverted one-third of the funds to himself, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the publication Albuquerque ...

NFL seeks larger (court) audience

Ex-Charger Ken Neil filed originally in state court, league seeks federal justice

The National Football League and a group of related entities, including equipment manufacturers, moved June 3 to have a concussion-related suit tried in U.S. District Court, instead of Superior Court. The defendants, who were served ...

$6 million glass home for sale

Project has mob-associated ties

A luxurious glass house in Pacific Beach has gone on the market for $5.995 million. "Press a button and part of the roof — 30 feet above the floor at the house's entryway — retracts ...

An ex-Marine, a gay guy, and a doctor enter a primary...

Race for 52nd District seat could surprise Republicans

Tomorrow's (June 3) primary in the 52nd District could produce some surprises. Recently, Republicans have been playing down once-hot-button social issues (gay marriage, abortion), and some think that's giving short shrift to a significant portion ...

Golfer Mickelson under insider trading investigation

He did trades with big sports bettor.

According to the New York Times, San Diego golf hero Phil Mickelson is under investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission for a series of well-timed trades in the ...

Bridgepoint restating revenue, earnings

Laments weakness in internal controls

San Diego's controversial Bridgepoint Education reported today (May 30) that its accounting for the year 2013 should no longer be trusted, as the company discovered "material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting." It made ...

Don't call him the skinny lady

San Diego Opera names Chicago pro as artistic advisor

San Diego Opera today (May 30) named William Mason as artistic advisor. He was general director of Lyric Opera, Chicago's prestigious company, from 1997 to 2011, when he retired. At the newly restructured San Diego ...

Good news for San Diego hotels

Occupancy, room rates up

Occupancy at San Diego hotels was up 5.9% to 72.5% year-to-date for April of this year versus the same period a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research figures. Average daily room rate rose 4.8% ...

Peeved Commissioner Peevey hints at CPUC's disarray

The regulators' fixed deal is naked

On May 14, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held an evidentiary hearing on a deal that would permit Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to sock ratepayers for $3.3 billion ...

Electricity refund? Not in California

California utility regulators want to screw you, boost company profits.

“California historically has offered one of the most constructive regulatory environments in the nation,” says Hugh Wynne, a Wall Street research analyst. Because the California Public Utilities Commission strives mightily to boost utility profits, the ...

Public utilities commission's rape of the ratepayers

1 hour and 15 minutes to examine the unfair $3.3 billion bill

San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Mia Severson are vehemently protesting another move by the California Public Utiliities Commission (CPUC) to fleece ratepayers over the closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant. They note in ...

Three county lawyers disciplined

Cheating clients, drinking involved

According to the California Bar Journal, three county lawyers have been disciplined. Verne Craig Scholl of Carlsbad was suspended for one year and placed on two years of probation for five acts of misconduct with ...

Tales from Scam Diego

Tax cheating, obstruction, break-in

The Department of Justice announced yesterday (May 2) that it has permanently barred Michael Turner from preparing federal tax returns. The government says that Turner entered bogus deductions on his customers' returns. When the Internal ...

Union-Tribune circulation takes a hit

Numbers drop every day but Saturday

This morning's (May 1) data from the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations) show the Union-Tribune taking a circulation beating from last year. For the six month period ended March 31, ...

Feel sorry for Donald Sterling?

Don't worry. Financially, he'll be all right.

The National Basketball Association has banned Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, for life. Sterling was done in by racist remarks. If three-fourths of the league's team owners agree, Sterling will be forced ...

SD tech bounceback happened last year

Industry accounts for 12% of San Diego output

By the end of last year, San Diego technology industries had more than bounced back from the Great Recession, according to a study by Kelly Cunningham of the National University System Institute for Policy Research. ...

Conman/minister Minkow gets another five years

As minister, he fleeced parishioners, IRS

Barry Minkow, San Diego's most publicized man of the cloth, was sentenced today (April 28) to five years in prison for embezzling more than $3 million from parishioners of San Diego Community Bible Church. He ...

Opera members advise: fire the Campbells

Also want rescission of March 19 closure vote

Around 200 San Diego Opera members — considered a good turnout — gave advisory votes this morning (April 28) to: (1) Fire Ian Campbell, general director, and Ann Spira Campbell, his ex-wife and second in ...

Watch out for the multiplier hooey

States inventing wild statistics

As savvy San Diegas brace themselves for absurd claims of how a football stadium will boost the economy, and how tourism advertising will bring in tax dollars, an April 24 article by Matthew Hennessey, in ...

Sterling's racial remarks cause a stir

Clippers owner under NBA investigation

The National Basketball Association and its players association are investigating whether Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, made a racially insensitive remark that was captured on a recording, according to several publications, including ...

Campbells on leave; SD Opera taking donations

Funds raised to be returned if rescue attempt fails

Confirming what the Reader reported last evening (April 24), San Diego Opera announced today (April 25) that Ian Campbell, general director, and Ann Spira Campbell, his ex-wife and second in command, are now on leave. ...

Balboa Theatre named one of world's 15 best

Epitomizes San Diego's beauty, says CNN

CNN Travel has named 15 of the world's most spectacular theaters. On the list is San Diego's Balboa Theatre, built in 1924. The Balboa fell into disrepair, and in 1959 it was set to be ...

Qualcomm faces China bribery probe

Could involve disgorgement of profits

Qualcomm, San Diego's giant cell-phone chip-maker, yesterday (April 23) revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission has warned that it could face a civil action over alleged bribery in China. The company revealed the possibility ...

CPUC practices crooked as a dog's hind leg

Head of regulatory body former Edison president

In trying to work a deal in which Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric could get a $3.3 billion bailout over the failure of the San Onofre nuclear operation, the California Public ...

Hundreds of millions for football, zilch for opera

San Diego is the nation's symbol of pedestrian pursuits (subsidies to Chargers, Olympics) trumping the high arts.

Local hotel business improves....but

Still lags other California metros

According to Smith Travel Research figures, occupancy in San Diego hotels has risen from 67.6% year-to-date March of last year to 70.9% this year. Average daily room rate has climbed from $126.98 to $133.1. But ...

Opera operative advised no discussion of fat checks

So, will the Campbells rake it in or what?

One of the biggest questions in the San Diego Opera brouhaha is about whether general director Ian Campbell and his ex-wife Ann Spira Campbell will get paid generous benefits if the opera closes down. Karen ...

Do the math: proper overtime pay demanded

Lawsuit accuses Paradise Valley Hospital of deliberate salary miscalculation

Stephene Ortega, an employee of National City's Paradise Valley Hospital since 2007, filed suit this week against its parent company, the Ontario-based Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, charging the hospital with "systematic miscalculation of the overtime ...

SEC charges Total Wealth Management with fraud

Local firm misled clients, raked in kickbacks, says agency

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (April 15) charged a San Diego investment advisory firm, Total Wealth Management, and its owner, Jacob Cooper, with fraud. The firm's officials engaged in undislosed revenue-sharing agreements through which ...

Might Chargers eye property occupied by opera studio?

Commercial Street area could be developed near stadium site

San Diego Opera — in an internal struggle over dissolving — owns a set-making studio at 3064 Commercial Street. This studio has built more than 50 new productions for San Diego Opera through the years ...

Instant Checkmate defied Fair Credit Reporting Act

FTC spanks local consumer-report provider

San Diego–based Instant Checkmate has agreed to pay $525,000 to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The company, using public records, sells information about consumers (addresses, ...

U-T raises street sales price

Jumps from $1.00 to $1.50

The U-T has boosted the price of its street-sales papers to $1.50 from $1.00, confirmed Harry Woldt, circulation director. He does not expect street sales to go down much as a result of the boost, ...

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