Scam Diego Entries for December, 2010

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Detective "Vaguely" Recalls Threat against Kessler, Family

Daniel Vile, the police detective who, with the FBI, did a major study on alleged corruption by Little Italy powerhouse ...

Sen. Harkin Cites Bridgepoint's Shocking Dropout Rate

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has been holding hearings on the abuses of for-profit colleges, which have only 10% of university-level ...

Home Values in San Diego, Other Metro Areas Decline

Home prices in all 20 major metro areas decreased from September to October, according to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller data released ...

For-Profit Colleges, Including Bridgepoint, Boost Lobbying

San Diego's Bridgepoint Education closed Thursday at $18.48. That's up from $15.26 on Dec. 1. According to Bloomberg News, for-profit ...

Grantville Redevelopment Money Transfer Ruled Permissible

The Grantville Action Group, a group fighting redevelopment and eminent domain abuses, has lost a suit against the city, its ...

Half SD Households Can Afford Homes, but We're Still Expensive

As the housing bubble inflated amazingly earlier in the decade, only 7% of San Diego households could afford to buy ...

Gin's Lead Indicators Inch Forward in November

The lead indicators of the San Diego economy, compiled by Alan Gin of the University of San Diego, edged up ...

AT&T Agrees to Buy Qualcomm's Spectrum Licenses for $1.93 Billion

No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider AT&T this morning (Dec. 20) agreed to buy mobile television spectrum licenses from San ...

Michell Told She Can't Lobby City for a Year

The Ethics Commission yesterday (Dec. 16) told Kris Michell, former top aide to Mayor Jerry Sanders, that she can't lobby ...

San Diego Unemployment Rate Remains in Double Digits

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 10.4% in November, compared with 10.3% in October and 10.4% a year ago, ...

Police Sorry They Brought Frivolous Lawsuits, Suing Their Lawyer

A superb story on KPBS.org demonstrates perfectly how San Diego operates. The story was written by Kelly Thornton of Watchdog ...

Blackwater to be Sold as Similar Firm Fights Opposition in Ocotillo

Blackwater, the mercenary firm (now named Xe Services) that residents of East County's tiny Potrero thwarted, may be sold today ...

San Diegan Provided Insider Information, Says Department of Justice

The Department of Justice announced this morning (Dec. 16) that Walter Shimoon, 39, of San Diego has been arrested and ...

Escondido Council Approves Ballpark -- with Reservations

The Escondido city council last night (Dec. 15) approved by 4-1 a tentative deal to shell out $50 million for ...

Dumanis Met with Sanders to Tell Him She Wouldn't Prosecute Li Mandri, Mannino

The deposition of Mayor Jerry Sanders in the Kessler vs. San Diego suit indicates that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had ...

Portantino's Criminal Lawyer Talks of DA Investigation, Discussion over Charges

San Diego lawyer Marc Carlos, who represented the late Michael Portantino in the district attorney's investigation of Portantino's Gay & ...

Vassallo Has Serious Criminal Exposure, Says His Lawyer

In a declaration filed today (Dec. 10) with U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez, attorney John Lemon, attorney for Alfred ...

Cypress Stock Surges as Hedge Fund Ups Bid

Stock of biotech Cypress Bioscience is up 20.69% this morning (Dec. 1) to $4.90 as hedge fund Ramius LLC raised ...

NY Times Questions For-Profit Colleges' Exploitation of Veterans. Bridgepoint Criticized

Today's (Dec. 9) New York Times has a front-page story challenging how for-profit colleges exploit special benefits given veterans. San ...

Ex-Gay Community Publisher Portantino Takes Own Life

A battle in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender media ended tragically last night when Michael Portantino, owner of the now-defunct Gay and Lesbian ...

Two Plead Guilty to Insider Trading in Sequenom

Brent Cohen, a Baltimore business consultant, and his uncle, David V. Myers of Cleveland, pleaded guilty today to criminal charges ...

Orexigen stock up 108.1% as FDA Panel OKs Weight Loss Drug

Stock of local biotech Orexigen Therapeutics is up 108.1% to $10.13 this morning (Dec. 8) as a panel of experts ...

Chargers to Play 2012 in L.A., Says Columnist

T.J. Simers, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, says the Chargers will announce shortly after Feb. 1, 2012 that ...

City to Spend $200,000 in Kessler Suit

The city council is voting today to authorize spending an amount not to exceed $200,000 in the city's defense of ...

La Madrid Trial Begins Feb. 8

Matthew "Beau" La Madrid and his brother, Lance La Madrid, will go on trial Feb. 8 before U.S. District Court ...

Padres Trade Gonzalez, Say ESPN, U-T

The Padres have traded star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox, according to various sports media. ESPN ...

So-Called Recovery Sputters. Unemployment Rises, Jobs Barely Up

Those expecting the national economy to spurt ahead were disappointed by today's (Dec. 3) employment news from Washington DC. Employment ...

Local Lawyer Explains Profit in Federal Lending Program

The New York Times revealed today (Dec. 3) a list of Americans who profited from a Federal Reserve lending program ...

Who'll Buy LA Times? Platinum? More Likely Murdoch

Doug Page, columnist for the media news publication, News&Tech, says that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. may be the most likely ...

Gamblers Betting on Orexigen Diet Pill. Be Careful

Stock of La Jolla-based biotech Orexigen Therapeutics is up 13.7% this morning to $5.56. As Bloomberg News points out, option ...

Is Federal Reserve "Banker to the World?"

Bloomberg News has come out with banking numbers today (Dec. 2) that raise disquieting questions about the U.S. Federal Reserve's ...

Federal Pay Freeze Could Clip Almost $200 Million Annually from Local Economy

President Obama's proposed federal pay freeze could cost the local economy $108 million yearly in direct economic impact and $190.3 ...

Lead Indicators Flat; Private-Sector Employment Zooms

The October lead indicators of the San Diego economy have been flat at 110 for the fourth consecutive month, according ...