Scam Diego Entries for December, 2007

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29 Newspeople, Some of Paper's Best, Take U-T Buyout

According to a reliable source, 29 people in the Union-Tribune newsroom took the voluntary buyout abruptly offered by the company ...

Sanders's Ethics Chief Voted for Benefits IRS Found"Failures"

Mayor Jerry Sanders keeps talking about his commitment to pension reform, but actions by underlings belie his promises. For example, ...

Copley Selling Casa del Zorro in Borrego, Wants Sale by End of Year

Copley Press is selling Casa del Zorro, its resort facility in Borrego Springs, confirms Judy Meier, top executive of the ...

SDCERS Does Mea Culpa Over 14 IRS Violations, but DROP and Purchase of Service Credits Still Not Before the Agency

The San Diego City Employees' Retirement System (SDCERS) today (Dec. 21) admitted to multiple violations in a settlement with the ...

Does U-T Know $128,000 from $20 Million? Obviously Not

The husband says to his wife, "Darling, to hang this picture, I want to put in this screw. You could ...

Is Bell Retiring from U-T? Rumor Makes Sense

The Union-Tribune is a chaotic place now. Involuntary layoffs loom as others who took the voluntary package are packing to ...

Attorney General Says No Criminal Charges Should Be Filed in Long-Running Billing Practices

The attorney general's office said December 12 that no criminal charges should be filed over longstanding billing practices in the ...

New Study Shows Topside Inequities in City Bureaucrat Retirements

The city attorney's office released a draft version today (Dec. 14) outlining the full burden of the pension deficits facing ...

Goldstone To Reopen 2005 Certified Audit

Jay M. Goldstone, the City's chief operating officer and head bean counter, on Thursday relented and said he would reopen ...

SDCERS' Independent Fiduciary Counsel Resigns

Harvey L. Leiderman and his San Francisco-based law firm, ReedSmith, have resigned as independent fiduciary counsel to the San Diego ...

Former Charger Pleads Guilty To Making False Loan Applications, Evading Taxes

Former San Diego Charger Benjamin Leon Coleman (Ben Coleman), 36, pleaded guilty today (Dec. 13) to submitting phony loan applications, ...

Will Baseball's Bottom Line Suffer from Substance Revelations? No

The reports on widespread usage of performance enhancing substances in pro baseball came out today (Dec. 13). Several former Padres ...

Ronne Froman Now Senior VP at General Atomics

Ronne Froman, the retired Navy admiral who abruptly quit as Mayor Jerry Sanders's top aide last June, has been named ...

Biogen Idec Can't Find Buyer; Stock Plummets

Biotech Biogen Idec (the Idec is the San Diego part of the company), which put itself up for sale two ...

Blackwater Proponents Lose in Landslides

Potrero citizens voted overwhelmingly Tuesday (Dec. 11) to oust five members of the community planning board who had supported the ...

Anti-Blackwater Activist Says Votes Going Strongly Against Mercenary Supporters

"It's a blowout -- 2-1 or 3-1," says Raymond Lutz, an admittedly biased anti-Blackwater activist whom I reached at the ...

Accounting Firm Pays $1 Million for Letting Its Employee Inflate Ligand Pharmaceuticals' Sales

Deloitte & Touche, one of the Big Four accounting firms, has paid $1 million to settle charges that it permitted ...

314 City Retirees Getting $1 Million or More

The city attorney's office is putting together a study for San Diego taxpayers showing just what a burden the pension ...

Federal Agency Charges Former City Auditing Firm with Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (December 11), settled a civil fraud action against Thomas J. Saiz and his accounting ...

Losers in Moores Case To Seek Review

Pat Meyer, San Diego attorney who handled the case in which Padres majority owner John Moores was recently vindicated in ...

Charges Against Moores Dismissed in Civil Suit

Padres' majority owner John Moores, who dumped $650 million of Peregrine System stock -- almost all he controlled -- before ...

City Admits Error, To Include Information on Pension Overpayments in Documents

Mayor Jerry Sanders today (Dec. 5) said that the City will disclose information on the more than $8 million of ...

U-T's Bungled Buyout Will Probably Lead to Best People Leaving

In all probability, beginning tomorrow morning (Dec. 5), the best and brightest people in the Union-Tribune newsroom will line up ...

City's Outside Accounting Firm Told to Restate 2005 Financial Results

City Attorney Mike Aguirre today (Dec.3) told the accounting firm of Macias, Gini & O'Donnell to issue a corrected City ...

U-T Announces Massive Buyout Plan

Merry Christmas to all. The Union-Tribune today (Dec. 3) announced a plan to reduce the staff significantly -- a total ...

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