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Engineers get axed, then train foreign replacements

H-1B visa program steals Americans’ jobs

“Knowledge transfer.” It’s a scholarly sounding name for a vile practice that is stealing jobs from American engineers and forcing those soon-to-be-laid-off tech employees to train their foreign replacements. If American workers refuse to teach ...

Some things to check on Chargers' stadium plan

Be prepared to cock an eyebrow at this proposal

The plans for a new downtown Chargers stadium should come out Monday (March 28) or sometime during the week. Many of the purported details have been leaked to friendly media, so all San Diegans should ...

Zika virus reaches San Diego County

Sex with ill men returning from Colombia presents apparent risk

According to the San Diego County News Center, the first county Zika virus case that was sexually transmitted was confirmed this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A county woman was infected ...

Kiss that Navy brass goodbye, Capt. Dusek

"Golden asset" gets 46 months in prison

United States Navy captain Daniel Dusek, the highest-ranking official charged in the big Navy bribery scandal, was sentenced to 46 months in prison in federal court yesterday (March 25). He was ordered to pay a ...

The house that Calexico drug traffickers built

Tunnel between residence and Mexican restaurant

Federal officials seized more than a ton of marijuana today (March 23) and arrested four people as a cross-border tunnel running from Mexicali to Calexico was thwarted. The tunnel runs 415 yards from the El ...

Cuba, the Mafia, Sinatra, Smith, and Peñasquitos

Not many degrees of separation between them

President Obama visits Cuba — it's all over the news. But why is the American press not discussing how Fidel Castro took over Cuba? A major reason is that the then-boss of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, ...

Scripps Institute says Illumina infringes on patent

The most prestigious nonprofit sues the most successful biotech

San Diego's Illumina is a biotech powerhouse. As researchers increasingly discover that genetic factors are the causes of diseases, Illumina stands out: it has an overwhelming share of the market for machines that can sequence ...

Aluminum penny returned to U.S. Mint

It might have been worth $2 million

A 1974-D aluminum penny, said to be worth $2 million, will be returned to the U.S. Mint. San Diegan Randall Lawrence, son of the late Mint official Harry Lawrence, said he inherited the coin from ...

B.J. Gallison sentenced to 18 years in prison

Offshore brokerage accounts and shell companies fail to mask market bandit

Harold Bailey (B.J.) Gallison II today (March 18) was sentenced to 18 years in prison — a very long sentence for a stock-market swindler, but too short a sentence in his many victims' eyes. Gallison ...

Chargers or Comic-Con? SD can't get both (and needs neither)

Another aspect of "convadium" conundrum pointed out

Heywood Sanders, the national ranking expert on convention centers, is in San Diego this week, scouting around. Sanders wrote a seminal paper for the Brookings Institution in 2005, predicting a destructive arms race in construction ...

$300 million allegedly bilked from investors

Rancho Santa Fe resident linked to Aequitas six years ago

A week ago (March 10), the Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against a Portland, Oregon, financial firm named Aequitas and three of its high-living, socially prominent executives. They are charged with running a Ponzi ...

Signs of economic life in Imperial County

Renewable energy projects create jobs...but not as many as projected

Imperial County renewable-energy projects built in the past ten years have helped the economy and created jobs, but not as many jobs as expected, according to a study by the National University System Institute for ...

Trump University plaintiff wants out

"[Plaintiff] lived with the stress of potential ruin," says her filing.

A scheduled hearing in the federal court of Gonzalo P. Curiel today (March 11) may tell more about presidential contender Donald Trump than many of the charges being thrown around by his Republican opponents. Tarla ...

Bridgepoint stock jumps, but earnings disappoint

Spending dropped 15 percent as enrollments went down

Stock of troubled Bridgepoint Education leapt 34.19 percent yesterday (March 9) to $9.09 after the earnings report issued the day before. However, 2015 earnings and revenue dropped sharply compared with 2014. Analysts say the results ...

Will the NFL be as powerful in three decades?

The long-term viability of professional football

Anybody looking forward to Super Bowl LXXX? You could build a stadium for a sport that doesn’t exist.

Lawyer sues Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Former student can't find a job, seeks to recoup part of education investment

The major story on the New York Times' business page today (March 7) reports that a long-standing lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson School of Law goes to trial today in Superior Court. Anna Alaburda, a Jefferson ...

Moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption

It only sounds like some disbarred lawyers have options

Mark Douglas Estes has been disbarred, according to the calbarjournal.com and records of the State Bar of California. He was suspended for two years in February 2014 for committing acts of moral turpitude, dishonesty, or ...

Ho-ho-ho no more

Christmas retail jobs dry up

San Diego County lost 19,900 jobs in January compared with December. Almost 9000 of those lost jobs were a result of a cutback in Christmas retailing jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in ...

Romney rips Trump in speech

Was ex-presidential candidate/La Jolla homeowner asked to attack?

Mitt Romney, the losing Republican presidential candidate in 2012, today (March 3), tore into Donald Trump in a speech at the Hinckley Institute in Utah. Romney, who bought a La Jolla home after his 2012 ...

Chargers’ PR is a grating insult

Team always wanted to stay. Huh?

Spanos poured gas on the bridge while his jilted lover traveled across it.

Bad, bad teacher sentenced

Seven years for Chula Vista substitute who collected kiddie porn

Alejandro Castillo, Jr., a former substitute teacher at Chula Vista's Los Altos Elementary School, was sentenced yesterday (February 29) to seven years in prison for receiving images of child pornography. According to public record, Castillo ...

Heinous youth

Underage murderer can file for resentencing

On April 28, 1993, Kristopher Kirchner, then 16 years of age, and another underage accomplice, stole numerous weapons from a Vista gun store. Kirchner severely beat the store owner with a metal pipe. After being ...

More stench from California's utilities commission

If state regulator worked with Wall Street, they worked against the public

San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson have put together a slide show that reveals how the California Public Utilities Commission courted Wall Street during the 12-year reign of commission president Michael Peevey, a ...

Chargers redeclare wish for downtown stadium

Couple it with convention center, says team lawyer (again)

Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani sent out an email this afternoon (February 23), stating that the Chargers are shooting for a combined stadium/convention center downtown. No surprise. As the team was trying to get to Los ...

San Diego bad for female entrepreneurs

Tech sector here (and especially Bay Area) far from egalitarian

A new study ranks the San Diego area poor as a location for women-owned businesses. Among the variables WalletHub looked at were percentage of women-owned businesses and growth, number of employees, and average revenue in ...

Doug Manchester flips Rhode Island mansion

Former U-T owner bought it last year for $15 million

"Papa Doug" Manchester, San Diego real estate speculator and former owner of the Union-Tribune, has sold Fairholme, a posh Newport, Rhode Island, ocean-front estate, for $16.1 million, according to the Providence Journal and real estate ...

John Doe likes his free porn

Malibu Media sues person behind internet protocol address 76.176.139.46

John Doe, someone whose name is unknown, is often accused of sins in court cases. But on February 18 in San Diego federal court, a suit was filed, and John Doe was the ONLY defendant. ...

Jack in the Box stock plummets

All-day breakfast by McDonald's partially blamed

Stock of San Diego fast-food chain Jack in the Box plunged more than 19 percent in after-hours trading today (February 17). The company missed Wall Street's quarterly revenue and earnings-per-share expectations, and also gave a ...

Why half of San Diego’s bees are gone

The success of California farms is at risk

Basta! Enough talk about the potential departure of a greedy billionaire’s professional football team. Let’s talk about something important: relentless departure of bees. Mother Nature has walloped us with her version of The Sting: bee ...

Not suggesting you steer clear of these lawyers, but...

Three county attorneys disbarred, fourth gets probation

Three San Diego County lawyers were disbarred in the fourth quarter of last year, and one was placed on probation, according to records of the State Bar of California. Lorraine Rosenfeld of Oceanside was disbarred ...

Local lawyers speak on Scalia's death

"He was an extremist on torture and concentrated wealth," says one

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has died, and commentators believe the Senate battle over his replacement may dominate the presidential race. Scalia was a bedrock conservative, who believed that a constitutional question should be determined ...

Suit charges Bridgepoint cooked books

Company did admit that internal controls weak

A former executive charged in federal court February 9 that Bridgepoint Education, the troubled for-profit, mainly online college, fired him when he pointed out that the company falsified its financial reports by inaccurately projecting the ...

Utilities commission "violence" unacceptable

Emails between governor and state agency must be released

San Francisco Superior Court judge Ernest H. Goldsmith decreed February 9 that emails between the office of governor Jerry Brown and the California Public Utilities Commission must be made public. San Diego attorneys Maria Severson ...

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 ...

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