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Stories by Don Bauder

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 ...

U-T circulation plunging

Other metro dailies sinking, too

Richard Tofel, writing for medium.com, has come up with some shocking numbers on print newspaper circulation. Tofel, general manager of the investigative organization ProPublica and a former vice president of Dow Jones, has dug into ...

SneakPeek says it can determine the sex of an unborn child

Mothers say it is as reliable as a coin flip

On March 21 of 2014, a San Diego–based company named Gateway Genomics applied for incorporation in Delaware. Ten days later, the company filed for a trademark for its product, called SneakPeek. I found that “SneakPeek” ...

Coronado Pacific University sued for racketeering

Online university based in Pakistan made false claims

Alleged victims of an online diploma mill filed suit in San Diego Superior Court on January 11. The defendants include so-called Coronado Pacific University, at one time based in downtown San Diego. Among the charges ...

Qualcomm...a "patent troll"?

Rep. Darrell Issa pushes for reform, meets frustration

Patent reform stalled in Congress last year, but some solons are pushing hard for it this year. One bloc looking for reforms wants to rein in patent lawsuits. This reform would make it tougher for ...

Troubled Tri-City to pay $3 million for breaking laws

Cozy arrangements with doctors slammed

Oceanside's Tri-City Medical Center, a hospital long plagued with management and labor problems, today (January 15) agreed to pay $3.3 million to resolve allegations it violated laws regarding its financial relationships with community physicians. The ...

An option: Chargers stay, Qualcomm gets facelift

Spanos family possibly can't afford Inglewood

It's time to talk sense about the Chargers. San Diego, with a massive infrastructure deficit, a need for bolstering police and fire protection, and voters wising up to the billionaire stadium scam, can't afford and ...

“Guaranteed growth rate.” Hmm...

Annuity ad misleading, claims overblown

Forbes columnist Ken Fisher proclaims, “I hate annuities.… The contracts are huge, obtuse, confusing and hence rarely read. Sales reps rarely realize the lies they peddle.” Sales commissions can be 8 percent or more, says ...

It's not over. Chargers given time to woo San Diego

League will toss in $100 million to sweeten the pot

Those wanting the San Diego Chargers ongoing drama to be ended this week will be disappointed: the National Football League is giving the team another year, at most, to get San Diegans to give the ...

Rams/Chargers Inglewood stadium close to winning vote

Vote said to be 20-12 in favor of opulent Kroenke facility

According to espn.com, the bid by Rams owner Stan Kroenke for a $2.6 billion Inglewood stadium appears to be leading the Chargers/Raiders proposal for a much more modest Carson stadium. The vote has been reported ...

Sheik Khan — a female — charged with fraud

She told clients they could triple their money

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has charged a group of penny stock players with criminal fraud in sale of a stock called VGTel, Inc. The Securities and Exchange Commission ...

Chargers head opposed to Inglewood move

Value of that stadium now $2.66 billion

Newspapers are coming up with news items as the 32 National Football League owners prepare to huddle Tuesday and Wednesday (January 12 and 13) over the Los Angeles relocation question. The Orange County Register reports ...

San Diego Raiders...how does that sound?

NFL commissioner suggests not enough stadium subsidies offered

The National Football League issued a statement on January 9, published by the L.A. Times, that says the plans for government stadium subsidies for Oakland, St. Louis, and San Diego are "unsatisfactory and inadequate." NFL ...

Their son died in jail

Parents sue county, claim Joseph Scata Jr. should have seen a doctor

On January 4, Della and Joseph A. Scata Jr. of Vista filed suit against the county. The suit charges that their son, Joseph A. Scata Jr., had had chest pains, flu, and related symptoms on ...

Jefferson movin' on up the scrutiny list

Law school among 540 on "heightened cash monitoring" list

San Diego's troubled Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been put on the United States Department of Education's "heightened cash monitoring" list. According to the publication Inside Higher Ed, the department is closely monitoring more ...

CPUC ousts administrative law judge

Darling would not let attorney Mike Aguirre make his case

In a very brief statement on January 5, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) took administrative law judge Melanie Darling off the ongoing hearings into how the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear plant should ...

NFL oomph

Team relocation fee, at $550 million, could squeeze out Chargers

More and more analysts suspect that the National Football League owners won't make a decision on a team relocation to Los Angeles at their meeting January 12 and 13. For one thing, NFL Media Insider ...

Cleveland Browns apply to move to L.A.

The tale is satire, but uncovers important history

Browns fans apply to move team to L.A. Possible subhead: The tale is satire, but uncovers important history Andy Borowitz, who composes hilarious satire for the New Yorker magazine, writes that fans of the hapless ...

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