Scam Diego Entries for May, 2008

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Kroll's Wolves, Who Fleeced the City of $20 Million, Return To Chase Foxes

In August of 2006, Kroll, Inc. issued a report about San Diego's financial reporting problems. The firm had been hired ...

Judge Says Federal Court Can Hear Blackwater's Suit

Judge Marilyn Huff ruled today (Friday, May 30) that the suit by mercenary firm Blackwater Worldwide against the City can ...

More Fat Cats Give Money So Mayor Can Select Own Auditor

Late filings show that more real estate developers and others wanting favors from the City of San Diego are dumping ...

Sanders, Gwinn, Dumanis Have Quietly Plotted To Shift Family Justice Center to YWCA, Says Aguirre. The Planned Move May Trample on Rules

Working secretly, Mayor Jerry Sanders, former City Attorney Casey Gwinn and DA Bonnie Dumanis have been planning to shift control ...

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Stock Plummets 35 Percent As FDA Thumbs Down Developmental Drug

Stock of San Diego biotech Ligand Pharmaceuticals is down 35.10 percent at 9:40 a.m. today (Wed., May 28) as an ...

Blackwater Sues City, Claims Its Bid for Border Facility Thwarted by Politics

Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial mercenary firm, has filed suit in federal court claiming that the City is thwarting for political ...

San Diego Housing Prices Plunge 20.5 Percent in Last Year, 25.9 Percent from 2005 Peak

Prices of San Diego existing family homes plummeted 20.5 in March from a year ago, according the Case-Shiller index, published ...

Handful of Fat Cat Developers Backs Yes on C; Large Number of Citizens Backs No on C

San Diego's system of plutocracy, or government by the rich and for the rich, is poignantly on display in the ...

Ignoring Phony Accounting, Peters Tells NY Times That San Diego's Pension System Is In Good Shape

City Council President Scott Peters has taken big bucks from organized labor in his attempt to get elected city attorney. ...

AG Jerry Brown Claims He Didn't Know San Diego Has an Upcoming Election. Is Brown Staggeringly Stupid or Does He Think San Diegans Are Staggeringly Stupid?

Attorney General Jerry Brown, whose office produced the openly political, cerebrally embarrassing report saying that Mayor Jerry Sanders wasn't corrupt ...

Pathetically Amateurish AG Report Puts SD Spotlight on Brown. And Maybe on His Wife, Too, a Board Member of Jack in the Box

The astoundingly stupid report by the Attorney General's office, supposedly showing that Mayor Jerry Sanders is not corrupt, may put ...

Governments' Pension Numbers Often Meaningless. Actuaries Cave to Pressure, Says New York Times, Citing San Diego

Today's (May 21) issue of the New York Times describes how government pension programs get in trouble because of phony ...

AG's Report Clearing Sanders Is a Joke, as Expected. Here's Some Advice: Follow the Money

In the summer of last year, the office of Attorney General Jerry Brown said it would investigate whether Mayor Jerry ...

NFL Owners Opt Out of Players' Union Contract. There Could Be No 2011 Season. Chargers Less Likely To Leave

National Football League owners today (May 20) voted unanimously to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement with players. The ...

Real Estate, Nightclub Developers Solicit Sanders Donations. Surprised?

Real estate developers continue to beg their fellow builders to give money to Mayor Jerry Sanders in his bid for ...

Number of San Diego Unemployed Drops Sharply in April from March, but Is Still Up from a Year ago

San Diego County recorded encouraging employment gains in April, according to the state Employment Development Department. The number of unemployed ...

Sanders Claims City Can Return to Bond Market. Oh? That Will Be Up to Investors. Bond Rating Agencies Suffer from Bad Reputation

Mayor Jerry Sanders today (May 15) exulted, "This is the most significant day in the City of San Diego in ...

Was Dan Broderick Really a Model of Integrity?

On Saturday (May 17), the Daniel T. Broderick III Award willl be given to attorney Mike Neil. The award has ...

Psssst! Wanna Make 90 Percent a Month? Those Who Bit on Escondido Ponzi Scheme Got Taken to the Cleaners

Clementine Estrada pleaded guilty in federal court Friday (May 9) to a conspiracy charge related to her operation of two ...

Local Media Not Mentioning Transgressions of Their Stars

San Diego news media have not been reporting the sins of their reporters. On April 28, Milan Martinic, 47, of ...

Purported Ethics Commission Pulls Another Slimy One. This Is So Blatant It Could Backfire

San Diego's alleged Ethics Commission is back to its pre-election dirty tricks. The caper is still another example of how ...

Union-Tribune Lays Off Three Who Spearheaded Electronic News, Radio Efforts

The Union-Tribune today axed three executives who played key roles in the Copley Press online news efforts. Suddenly gone as ...

Excessive Labor Costs Force Vallejo to Vote for Bankruptcy

The Vallejo city council voted unanimously to file for bankruptcy late Tuesday (May 6). Excessive labor costs are the main ...

Famed Business Writer's Book Says Pensions Bankrupted San Diego

The long-awaited book on pensions by top business writer Roger Lowenstein is now out and being reviewed. Its prescient title ...

Celebrities Have Donated Money to Jerry Sanders, Including a New Celebrity: Marie Walsh

Executives in the trash hauling business are known for giving lavishly to political campaigns. Alan Walsh, husband of Susan LeFevre ...

Memo to Fred Sainz: Clean Up Your Language -- But First Learn How To Spell

In the now-infamous email of September 7, 2007, mayoral flack Fred Sainz sent some naughty words to his close associate, ...

Here's an Example of SEC Nailing the Small Fry, Ignoring the Superrich

In a post today below this one, I describe how San Diego attorney Gary Aguirre is trying to expose the ...

SEC Lets Superrich Off and Chases Small Fish; Now, Lawsuit May Show How This Regulatory Mischief Works

San Diego attorney Gary Aguirre has won a major battle in a lawsuit against his former employer, the Securities and ...