Scam Diego Entries for October, 2007

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Copley YMCA Fundraiser Turns Into Aguirre Hate Fest

Even Mike Aguirre haters were rolling their eyes in acute discomfort Saturday night at a fundraiser for Copley YMCA. David ...

Former Invitrogen Scientist Hit With Insider Trading Charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed insider trading charges against Harry S. Yim of Vista, a former scientist at ...

Blackwater Responds; Journalists Hits Back

Blackwater USA, the mercenary firm that wants to put a training camp in Potrero, has defended itself against charges of ...

Blackwater Intimidated Press at Potrero Site It Covets

Mercenary firm Blackwater USA has been bullying members of the press at the Potrero site it wants to use as ...

Two Years Ago, Think Tank Warned of Inadequate Fire Protection

Mayor Jerry Sanders took bows last week from adoring San Diegans and a fawning press that refused to ask tough ...

Four Schwarzenegger Vetoes Worsened San Diego's Fire Defenses

Arnold Schwarzenegger took bows during Sunday's football game and preened for TV cameras when Qualcomm was serving as a shelter. ...

Three RB Neighborhoods Didn't Get Warnings

The Trails, Westwood, and Montelena neighborhoods of Rancho Bernardo lost about 200 homes in the fires. Residents say they got ...

In June '07, Sanders Said San Diego Had an Anti-Fire Program "That Works"

After the Pines Fire of 2002, a Wildland Fire Task Force issued a report saying that 80 percent of wildland ...

Were Rancho Bernardo Residents Warned in Timely Way?

I am learning of Rancho Bernardo residents whose homes, or neighborhoods, went up in flames without a prior warning from ...

"Reporters" Lobbing Softball Questions at FEMA Brass Were Actually FEMA Employees

The Federal Emergency Management Agency hit a new low in journalism during the California fires, according to the Washington Post ...

Watch for Fire Hoopla at Chargers Game Sunday

There are a couple of things the city and county learned from the 2003 fires, but one stands out: media ...

Aguirre on Emergency Committee; Governor Sought Advice

When Çity Attorney Mike Aguirre wrote a memo suggesting that the City have a plan to evacuate if the air ...

U-T Uses Fire to Smear Aguirre -- Inaccurately, As Always

When the fires began Sunday morning, I asked my wife, "How long will it be before the U-T blames Aguirre ...

Frye Requested Bigger Brush Management Staff

On May 31, Councilmember Donna Frye requested that the city council add two code compliance officers and four brush abatement ...

Reconstruction Will Boost Economy

In the long run, the sagging San Diego economy will get a boost from the fires. Insurance money will come ...

Wildfire Hits Potrero

Tiny Potrero in East County, the town battling the efforts of the mercenary firm Blackwaterto put a training camp there, ...

For City to Stave Off Bankruptcy, There Must Be Sacrifices

There are ways to help solve, or at least alleviate, San Diego's pension crisis. The question is whether greed and ...

Bersin's Brief and Belated Response

On Thursday, I phoned Alan Bersin, and agreed to email him questions about his large investment in a Montgomery Field ...

Bersin's Building Almost Kisses Sunroad's

On March 12 of this year, Alan Bersin, chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, wrote Mayor Jerry ...

Francis May Be Edging Closer to a Run

Steve Francis may be thinking more seriously about challenging Mayor Jerry Sanders in next year's election. The San Diego Institute ...

Charlotte Russe Out of Fashion With Wall Street

Stock of San Diego-based Charlotte Russe Holding, a retailer of clothes for young women, has been more than halved this ...

Flannery Says Sainz May Have Committed Felony

On his well-read blog, www.blogofsandiego.com, Pat Flannery says that Mayor Jerry Sanders's flack Fred Sainz may have committed a felony ...

U-T Lets Sanders Off Hook Again

The Union-Tribune published a good story Sunday morning showing how the City was warned of Mount Soledad problems during the ...

City Had Many Soledad Warnings During Summer

Mayor Jerry Sanders, upon returning from Washington, D.C., immediately declared that the Mount Soledad landslide was an act of God ...

Here's Memo That Got Rick Reynolds Fired

In late September, Rick Reynolds, the City's assistant chief operating officer, was fired, along with Lance Wade, purchasing and contracting ...

Will Congress Tackle Sports Subsidies?

Economists are asking Congress to stop the pro sports subsidies that are one cause of the nation's neglect of infrastructure. ...

Will U-T and Republicans Attack Leslie Devaney?

The U-T editorial page and local Republican Party have made fools of themselves once again by claiming that City Attorney ...

"We're Taking Over," Says Peters

City councilmember Scott Peters, who purports to represent La Jolla on city council, boasted in council chambers recently, "We are ...

McGrath Says U-T Editorial Was Libelous

Don McGrath, a top deputy in the city attorney's office, says the Union-Tribune committed libel per se against him in ...

U-T, Republican Party All Wet As Usual

Yesterday, City Attorney Mike Aguirre got an urgent email from Bob Kittle, Union-Tribune editorial writer. Kittle demanded to know if ...

Pension Fund Getting Gamier

At a meeting September 21, the board of the San Diego City Employees' Retireent system approved a program to put ...

Spring Valley Couple Charged by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has charged Lawrence and Stephanie Jordan of Spring Valley with making claims for women's health products ...

Sanders's Charter Committee "Civic Sham"

In an op-ed in the Oct. 7 Los Angeles Times, Prof. Steve Erie of UCSD and Vice President Norma Damashek ...

47 Earthquakes in Early September

Katheryn Rhodes, Point Loma engineer, points out that in late August and early September, there were 47 earthquakes in San ...

State High Court Debates Free Speech Issue with SD Roots

This week, the California Supreme Court debated whether a shopping mall can keep union members and others from passing leaflets ...

Issa's Foot Lands in Mouth Again

San Diego County Congressman Darrell Issa has managed to expose his cerebral deficiencies in public again. Rep. Henry Waxman's House ...

Blackwater Opponents Energized

The weak defenses of Blackwater USA at the hearings by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are delighting ...

Sanders's Scam Flying Under Radar

Mayor Sanders's scheme to pack a so-called charter review committee with pro-establishment lawyers and lobbyists has thus far not been ...

Wade Says Reynolds Fired for Warning Mayor's Aides of Dangerous, Unethical Conduct

Last week, the Sanders administration's assistant chief operating officer, Rick Renolds, and purchasing and contracting director, Lance Wade, were abruptly ...

City Attorney's Office to Probe Computer Unethicality by Mayor's Office

The city's attorney's office has launched an investigation into whether the mayor's office committed an egregiously unethical -- and perhaps ...