News Ticker Entries for May, 2011

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Free Parking Passes for Media, City Officials at Qualcomm Revealed

The city of San Diego will have the right to hand out free Qualcomm Stadium parking passes to members of ...

Former Student Files Suit Against Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Anna Alaburda graduated from San Diego-based Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008. Now, with law degree in hand, Alaburda ...

SD Housing Values Down 38.5% from Peak

Much of the nation has fallen back into a double-dip housing recession, according to March data released this morning (May ...

Oceanside Asks Management to Up Retirement Contributions

Photo on left: Oceanside mayor Jim Wood On Wednesday, Oceanside city councilmembers and mayor will decide whether to change the ...

DUI's Drying Up in San Diego County

So far, during the Memorial Day weekend driving under the influence arrests are down in San Diego County compared to ...

Ban on Lobbyist Gifts to Lawmakers Dies in Kehoe-led Appropriations Committee

A bill proposed by state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, Republican of San Luis Obispo, to ban personal gifts made by lobbyists ...

Fewer Married Households in San Diego County

According to the 2010 census, the number of married households in San Diego County has fallen by nearly 2 percent ...

Trustee Asks San Diego Unified Staff to Fold on Taking Raises

Scott Barnett, a board member for San Diego Unified School District, is asking 15,000 district teachers and other staff to ...

Coronado Attorney Gets 10 Months for Tax Evasion

Attorney Craig Shaber of Coronado was sentenced today to 10 months in prison for evading taxes on $3 million in ...

Big Bank Sues WFP, Other Brokers over MedCap Offering

San Diego-based WFP Securities sold California residents $27.1 million worth of notes in Medical Capital Holdings, which the Securities and ...

One Step Closer: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy from San Diego State University's Non-Profit Foundations

Photo: State Senator Yee Taxpayers are one step nearer to finding out more about wheeling and dealing inside the highly-secretive ...

Bridgepoint Stock Soars. Will It Get Bought Out?

Stock of Bridgepoint Education, the for-profit online university that appears more like a boiler room than an educational institution, zoomed ...

On the Road Again: Congresswoman Susan Davis Hits Vienna

Just two months after traveling to Japan, courtesy of the Japan Center for International Exchange, Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis took ...

San Jose Nixes "State of Fiscal Emergency" but Will Study Reduction of Retirement Benefits

The city council of San Jose this afternoon (May 24) voted 8-3 against the mayor's proposal to declare a state ...

San Diego's Alvarez May Be Barred from Dells Redevelopment Votes, Or Not

San Diego city councilman David Alvarez has been advised by the city's ethics commission he may not be able to ...

The County's Donors

County supervisor Pam Slater Price wants to donate $123,000 in Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants to a dozen community groups located ...

Taxpayers Association Hires Ex-EdVoice Hand to Draw "Non-Partisan" Redistricting Maps

San Diego's city council redistricting free-for-all has been joined by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, long a stalwart of ...

The Bike-Friendly Bus

Residents of Uptown oppose the Mid-City Rapid Bus project for many reasons, citing the negative impacts it will have on ...

In Assessing Chargers Options, Do Cost Comparisons

The propaganda machine behind a taxpayer-financed new Chargers stadium is picking up steam, and looking more ridiculous. This morning (May ...

Society Writer Burl Stiff Dead at 83

An era has passed. Burl Stiff, longtime society writer for the Union-Tribune, died this morning (May 20) at White Sands ...

California Center for the Arts Needs Money

On Wednesday, the Escondido City Council will consider giving a $270,000 cash advance to the California Center of Arts to ...

April Local Unemployment Drops Below 10%

The San Diego unemployment rate in April dropped to 9.8% from 10.2% in March and 10.3% a year earlier, according ...

Port to Pay $195,000 to New York City Event Booker to Gin Up Broadway Pavilion Business

As we reported earlier today in our column Under the Radar, the fall-off in cruise business has forced the Port ...

Here's a Small Victory for H-1B Opponents

The Department of Justice this week reached a settlement with a New Jersey computer programming services company that advertised that ...

Republican Party Calls for Redistricting Commissioner's Resignation

Chairman of San Diego's Republican Party Tony Krvaric wants Carlos Marquez to resign from the redistricting commission. He says Marquez ...

New Landslide Disaster Map Predicts Peril

This morning the California Geological Survey released a new map of potential landslide areas across the state. According to an ...

Councilmember Gloria Responds to Community's Concerns Over Mid-City Rapid

Councilmember Todd Gloria's office says the councilmember understands the community's concerns over the Mid-City Rapid Bus project and he continues ...

Uptown Thrown Under the Mid-City Rapid Bus

On May 10, members of the Hillcrest Town Council voted in opposition of SANDAG's Mid-City Rapid Bus project, a new ...

Tom Gores Takeover of Detroit Pistons Inches Closer; Terms Still Secret

As the deal for Tom Gores and his Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity to buy the Detroit Pistons basketball team creeps ...

San Diego Does Not Have the Navy's Approval for Managed Competition at Miramar Landfill

After wasting nearly one year and more than $500,000 trying to sell the Miramar Landfill, the City is now looking ...

The Terminator's Lawyer Tried to Intimidate the Reader, Too

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the machine gunner/actor, has been caught with his pants down. He has admitted being the father ...

Two Belgians Indicted for Smuggling Aircraft Parts to Iran

A federal grand jury sitting in San Diego has handed up a superseding indictment charging Willy A.E. De Greef and ...

Imperial Beach and Medical Marijuana

Hundreds of residents of Imperial Beach have sent letters to the city, demanding that the city council lift the moratorium ...

Filner For Mayor?

The Imperial Valley Press reports that Congressman Bob Filner is considering running for Mayor of San Diego. At a town ...

Appeals Court Rules Sacramento County Must Reveal Pension Names and Numbers; Is San Diego Next?

California's 3rd District Court of Appeal has ruled that the county of Sacramento must disclose the names and benefits of ...

The City's Parking Meter Problem

“All parking violators were well aware of the debt to the City,” said San Diego’s City Treasurer, Gail Granewich during ...

Bill to Cut Benefits of Felonious Public Employees Fails in Committee. Did Union Bucks Play a Role?

Earlier this month, the California State Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement failed to approve a proposal to cut ...

Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Jesse Denome, owner of JD Machine Tech, a San Diego defense contractor, pleaded guilty today (May 16) to bribery and ...

Ponzi Schemer Gets One of Longest S.D. White-Collar Sentences

Thanh-Viet (Jeremy) Cao, a career criminal who was found guilty of running a massive Ponzi scheme last December, was sentenced ...

SEC Halts Allegedly Fraudulent Encinitas Trading Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (May 16) filed an emergency enforcement action to halt an allegedly fraudulent trading scheme ...

San Diego Airport Authority Gives Free Parking to Legislators

Anyone who's had trouble parking at Lindbergh Field during the latest construction binge there will no doubt envy local state ...

Missing Meter Money

San Diego’s city councilmembers will meet at 2pm today to discuss the $2.9 million in parking meter revenues that was ...

City Well is Running Dry

During the past two years, the City has spent $85,000 on five-gallon water dispensers. For next fiscal year, in his ...

Romo Charged with Fraud Again

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Friday (May 13) returned a 12-point indictment charging Folsom developer David Romo with ...

Palomar Mountain State Park on Closure Hit-List

The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced this morning it is planning to close "up to" 70 of its ...

Plescia, Ducheny, and Garcia to Lose $128,109 Taxpayer-funded Jobs Under Brown Proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown will propose eliminating the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board as part of his continuing effort to close ...

Downtown Redevelopment Really Does Work...

Redevelopment projects in downtown resulted in $44 million more than was spent on city services in 2010, says a recent ...

Who's Saying What Behind the Scenes at San Diego's Redistricting Commission

The stakes are high over at the San Diego Redistricting commission, which is busy drawing up brand new lines for ...

Consumer Inflation Up 0.4% in April. Worker Earnings Fall

Consumer prices surged 0.4% in April, as higher gasoline prices accounted for more than half the increase, according to government ...

Save IB Goes Offline

After nearly five years of running saveib.com, webmaster Ed Kravitz is shutting down the Imperial Beach political watchdog website. Since ...

Navy F-18 Pilot Claims He Zapped His Mind on Video Game

Online CourthouseNews.com is reporting that a Navy pilot has filed suit alleging that the Sony Playstation 3 video game "Oblivion: ...

Dumanis Seeks Justice

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is out for “justice” in former-Governor Schwarzenegger’s commutation of Esteban Nunez during his ...

Accused San Diego Cops Taking Their Licks on RateMyCop.com

Some users over at RateMyCop.com, a national website that bills itself "a powerful tool" for "monitoring police performance," have been ...

City Attorney Goldsmith Is Mad About Drinking and Driving

With a projected $73.2 million deficit for next fiscal year, every city department in San Diego is at risk of ...

Now Government Will Back Fewer SD Mortgages. Could Hurt Housing Significantly

A story in today's (May 11) New York Times tells how expensive housing markets such as San Diego will lose ...

In San Diego, Rent, Don't Buy, Say Stats

The New York Times has a piece today (May 10) stating that San Diego home prices are still "bubbly." Thus, ...

UCSD Launches "Lead The Way"

On May 11, UCSD’s school of medicine is launching the “Lead the Way” campaign, a new HIV-testing campaign funded by ...

Small-Business Confidence Drops to Seven-Month Low

The optimism index of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) fell to 91.9 in April, the lowest reading in ...

Escondido Considers Cuts to Recreation

Escondido’s financial officials are searching for ways to fill the $2.9 million gap for fiscal year 2011. Their search appears ...

For GOP State Senator, Redevelopment Subsidies Begin at Home

The L.A. Times reported today that a key foe of Gov. Jerry Brown's move to abolish the state's redevelopment agencies ...

Grim Housing News. San Diego No Exception. Double Dip?

Home values around the nation suffered their biggest drop since recessionary 2008 in this year's first quarter, according to Zillow ...

The "Un-Whaling" of JJ

On May 15, the 15-foot bronze sculpture of JJ, an orphaned baby Gray Whale that was nursed back to health ...

UCSD's Higher Surf to Beget Higher Tuition?

A house in the backwoods of Merced is a lot cheaper than one overlooking the surf in La Jolla, so ...

Tequila for the masses at UCSD tomorrow

Over the years the prestigious Institute of the Americas on the campus of UCSD has hosted its share of VIPs, ...

Defending Campaign Finance Laws

On Tuesday, San Diego city councilmembers will decide whether to pay law firm Schwartz, Semerdjian, Ballard, and Cauley, an additional ...

H-1B Visas Drop Sharply

Today's Wall Street Journal (May 7-8) notes that the controversial H-1B visa program has attracted about 50% fewer applicants this ...

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