News Ticker Entries for November, 2011

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Aztecs Will "Battle for the Oil Can"

The Fresno State Bulldogs won’t officially join the Mountain West Conference until next year. The San Diego State Aztecs are ...

A Tale of Two Newspapers

In the wake of today's announcement that billionaire Warren Buffett is buying his hometown daily, the Omaha World-Herald, another Nebraskan, ...

Agents Provide Details of Elaborate Drug Tunnel in Otay Mesa

Agents from the DEA and Border Patrol released more details about the cross-border drug tunnel discovered on Tuesday. Initial reports ...

UC Students Push For Affordable Medicine

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an organization largely comprised of medical students across the country, is pushing University of California ...

Public Invited To Weigh In On Natural-Gas Power Plant Near Sycamore Landfill

On Friday, the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on a proposed natural-gas-fired power plant to be built ...

More and More Californians Leaving the State

The mass exodus from California continues. A recent census report found that hundreds of thousands of Californians migrated from the ...

Occupy San Diego Activist Arrested Over Voter Registration Table

Occupy San Diego activist and former Congressional candidate Ray Lutz was arrested this afternoon on trespassing charges after he placed ...

Union-Tribune Buyer Hires City Hall Lobbyist

The law firm of San Diego super-lobbyist Paul Robinson recently picked up three new clients, including the Grand Del Mar ...

Increase in Poverty in San Diego County

The number of people living below the poverty line in San Diego County increased in 2010, according to a new ...

He Said He Made Money for Clients in Commodities. Not So.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has charged San Diegan Charles Steven Goodie and his CSG Commodity Service Group, a one-person ...

Occupy San Diego Riders: Cavalry Arm of Occupation

“We’re the cavalry arm of the occupation,” says Nexus, a participant of the Occupy San Diego Riders who meet at ...

AT&T Talking with Leap, Says NY Times

AT&T, the second largest telephone carrier, seemingly thwarted in its attempt to buy T-Mobile, the fourth largest, "has been secretly ...

College Student Faces Deportation For Violating Park Curfew

Ayded Reyes, a student athlete at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, is facing deportation after a run-in with police. Reyes, ...

San Diego Home Values Lag Nation

San Diego County home values dropped 0.8% from August to September — a worse performance than the 0.6% drop of ...

Tiny Tents Occupy Civic Center Plaza

“We’d better get in our cars and get out of Dodge – there’s quite a group of people southbound on ...

Balboa Bridge Backers Release Promo Video, Begin Fundraising

Backers of Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs’ vision for the removal of cars from the Plaza de ...

Survey Finds San Diego Budget Hotels Are A Little Too Budget

Budget hotels in San Diego rank among the worst in the country, according to a survey by cheaphotels.org. The survey ...

Manchester Charity Gets More Than $1 Million, Makes No Grants

La Jolla-based developer Doug Manchester, who has made millions of dollars on leases of public tidelands and is soon set ...

Lawsuit Filed to Overturn SANDAG's 2050 Transportation Plan

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on November 28 to block implementation ...

Occupy San Diego Vows to Bring Back Tents

Occupy San Diego is preparing to once again attempt to set up a tent encampment in Civic Center Plaza this ...

San Diego Sees An Increase In The Cost of Luxury Homes

Values of luxury homes are up in San Diego, according to private bank and management firm, First Republic Prestige Home ...

Group Wants More Vegan Food at UCSD

People for the Elimination of Animal Cruelty Through Education, or PEACE, is petitioning for expanded vegan dining offerings on the ...

S.W.A.T. Team Removes Rampaging Man From El Cajon Home

Thanksgiving ended on a rough note for relatives of Stephen Anthony Harris, 20, who was taken into custody by the ...

Sheriff Seeking Ways to Cut Helicopter Costs

Big changes may be afoot for San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore's air support wing, judging by a request for proposals ...

Does Doug Manchester's Spousal Split-Up Provide Clues to Intentions for the Union-Tribune?

Doug Manchester has been in the news as of late, and considering he just purchased the city's sole daily newspaper, ...

Former Medical Marijuana Dispensary Manager Files Appeal

The San Diego chapter of medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access announced today that it is appealing the ...

Homebuilder Makes Solar Systems Standard Equipment

The construction firm KB Home has announced a large-scale expansion on its recently adopted practice of including solar power systems ...

IRS Delays, Questions Nonprofit Status of News Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service is eyeing news organizations claiming nonprofit status, the Columbia Journalism Review (itself a nonprofit) is reporting. ...

Spanos Fundraiser for Rick Perry a Family Affair

Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry may be sliding in the polls, but he still has the backing ...

Event Will Provide Thanksgiving Dinner For 600 Low-Income Students and Their Families

In March of this year, a study conducted by the Food Research and Action Center concluded that nearly one-in-five people ...

Woman's Arm and Toes Amputated While Trying to Catch a Ride on a Freight Train

A 27-year-old woman lost her right arm as well as some toes after she was struck by a tanker car ...

Qualcomm Launches Korean E-Reader

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., the world’s largest chip maker has, in partnership with the largest bookseller in Korea, Kyobo Book ...

Auditors Find Myriad of Problems at SDSU

An audit of San Diego State University by California State University headquarters in Long Beach has revealed multiple lapses in ...

City Loses Discrimination Suit

A federal court jury has awarded Alison Terry $100,000, agreeing with her claim that the City of San Diego is ...

SD Growth to Continue Lagging U.S.

Economist Kelly Cunningham of National University System Institute for Policy Research says that this year, inflation-adjusted growth in San Diego ...

Unlicensed Magazine Peddler Steals Diamond Bracelet

La Mesa Police arrested 23 year-old Courtney Townsend of San Diego for residential burglary Sunday night. Townsend was with a ...

Illegal Spice Trade Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

The Navy continues to crackdown on synthetic drugs on board its carriers and war vessels. Today, naval officials announced that ...

Cyber Crimes Enforcer Gets Hacked

AntiSec, a collection of hackers associated with the Anonymous group of online activists that have more recently branched out into ...

Bersin Pressured Over Long Customs Waits

A Los Angeles area congresswoman is putting heat on U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Alan Bersin over alleged customs ...

UCSD Chancellor Joins Bridgepoint Board of Directors

Bridgepoint Education, the local operator of two private colleges specializing in online classes in Colorado and Iowa, is in the ...

Occupy San Diego Protesters Being Arrested at Civic Center Teach-in

Verbatim from an emergency alert from Occupy San Diego media liason Ray Lutz. People congregating at the central Civic Center ...

Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Killing Girlfriend's Dogs

Patrick Caleb Land was sentenced to five years and four months in state prison today for beating his girlfriend's three ...

Big Bucks For Human Smugglers

The human smuggling trade appears to be quite lucrative, according to a report by Courthouse News Service. Eight men were ...

Public Invited To Weigh In On Proposed La Jolla Crossroads Expansion

On December 6, University City residents will be given a chance to speak their mind about a proposal from Garden ...

Democrats to Stage Fundraising Bash at Lerach Estate

Now that controversial Republican financier Doug Manchester is poised to take over the Union-Tribune, county Democrats may have reason to ...

BMX Bandit Robs Bank

Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, a man entered the Wells Fargo on Avocado Boulevard in El Cajon with a T-shirt ...

To Meth Hell and Back: County Program Rescues Children From Drug-Dens

In the 13 years since the county created the Drug Endangered Children program, 5191 children have been removed from drug-dominated ...

Occupy San Diego Responds to Raid, Inaugurates Occupy Mission Bay

Spokespersons representing Occupy San Diego held a 5 p.m. press conference at the Civic Center Plaza yesterday in response to ...

Minority Athletic Group Criticizes SDSU's Coach-Hiring Process

Black Coaches and Administrators, a non-profit dedicated to advancing “the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of ...

Prop 8 Proponents Allowed To Defend Constitutionality

Activists that pushed for a ban on same-sex marriages are allowed to defend the constitutionality of the initiative in court. ...

Manchester Purchase of Union-Tribune Raises Questions of Timing

Word this morning that Doug Manchester is buying the Union-Tribune may help explain some recent editorializing by the paper. Don ...

Bridgepoint Wins Online Education Award

Bridgepoint Education, the San Diego-based operator of two small colleges in Colorado and Iowa that focus on their internet-based offerings, ...

Rumor: U-T Sale Imminent

The rumor mill has the Union-Tribune being sold soon — perhaps this week. The same rumor mill has Canadian press ...

Lawsuit Filed Against City and Police on Behalf of Occupy San Diego as Hunger Strike Continues

Today, free speech attorneys with LGBT rights group Canvass for a Cause and members of the National Lawyers Guild representing ...

More Police Raids, But Civic Center Remains Occupied

After once again being forcibly removed from the Civic Center Plaza by police and sheriff’s officers clad in riot gear, ...

Drug Tunnel Discovered in Otay Mesa Warehouse

On Tuesday, U.S. and Mexican authorities confiscated 14 tons of marijuana and discovered a 400-yard tunnel that linked Tijuana and ...

Downtown Billboard Promoter Hires Well-Connected Lobbyists

A former aide to the owner of the Denver Nuggets has been quietly pitching the idea of turning part of ...

Local Software Firm Denies LGBT Programming Bias

Phantom Technologies, San Diego-based maker of the iBoss Web Filter is denying that its service is improperly blocking non-pornographic gay-oriented ...

Harbor Police Discovers Cache of Weapons In Point Loma Home

Harbor Police officers, along with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, found a cache of weapons ...

Occupy San Diego Hungry for Justice

John Kenney hasn’t eaten for eight days, and he has no idea when he will eat again. “We’re trying to ...

Fletcher Scores An Endorsement From California Small Business Association

With the primary election less than seven months away, the candidates to become San Diego's next mayor are racing to ...

Tea Party Hosts Civic Center Press Conference to Condemn Occupy San Diego

Members of the Tea Party’s San Diego contingent gathered this afternoon at Civic Center Plaza to denounce the Occupy San ...

FBI Releases Hate Crime Numbers for San Diego

On Monday, the FBI released annual hate crime statistics for 2010 on Monday. The data was submitted from law enforcement ...

Foreclosures Fall in California, Across West, Rise in San Diego

Reports are in on October foreclosures, and little has changed in California since a huge spike in new foreclosure filings ...

San Diego Superior Court's Controversial Move Toward Digital Imaging

San Diego Superior Court has embarked on a costly and controversial program to scan legal documents for online viewing, the ...

Local Physician Announces Run For 52nd Congressional District

Dr. Wayne Iverson, the San Diego physician that successfully challenged President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, announced that ...

Lack of Parking Solutions in Uptown

It's that time of year again, the time when San Diego city councilmembers are asked to approve the contracts for ...

SeaWorld Retrieves Killer Whale from Canada

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting this morning that a nine-year-old killer whale in disputed custody was hastily flown to SeaWorld ...

Local Biotech Develops Human Tissue "Bioprinter"

Local biotech Organovo has secured $3.5 million in venture capital funding for its NovoGen “bioprinting” process. The technology, it’s hoped, ...

Local Company Specializes in "Ugly Christmas Sweaters"

Tipsy Elves, the brainchild of Evan Mendelsohn and Nicklaus Morton, college buddies from San Diego, is set to roll out ...

Man Choked, Arrested at Occupy San Diego

A 28-year-old man was choked and arrested at around 2:35 this morning on the Civic Center Plaza after police reportedly ...

Council to Consider Kessler Settlement

On Tuesday, city council will consider a $200,000 settlement of the unlawful termination and retaliation suit against the City filed ...

Cross-Border Trade, Energy Discussed at Imperial Valley Economy Summit

Democratic members of the state assembly met yesterday in Calexico with Imperial County officials and business leaders to discuss the ...

Lemon Grove City Council to Take a Position on SDG&E Solar Rate Hikes

Energy costs for the Lemon Grove School District haven't decreased since spending more than $2 million to install solar panels ...

San Diego Ethics Exec Signs Off on Controversial State Reforms

The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that controversial new rules to allow lobbyists in dating "relationships" with legislators to ...

Occupy San Diego Joins Veterans Day Parade, Holds Teach-ins

Though police enforcement has turned the once thriving village of Occupy San Diego into a shabby encampment on the east ...

Bureau of Land Management Suggests 18 New Conservation Sites

The Obama administration is calling for 18 new wilderness and conservation areas across the West, according to a report issued ...

Law Enforcement Agencies Offer $20,000 for Information on Geezer Bandit

Chalk another heist up for the Geezer Bandit. FBI agents and San Diego Police Department now believe that he was ...

SEC Levels Fraud Charges Against Local Firm

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (Nov. 10) charged Del Mar's investment advisory firm, Western Pacific Capital Management, and its ...

UCSD Has Major Cheating Problem, Study Finds

Research conducted by the head of UCSD's academic integrity office has uncovered a major cheating problem at the 23,000-student school, ...

The Supreme Court Hears Redevelopment Case

California State Supreme Court will begin to consider the fate of state redevelopment agencies. Today, the court will hear begin ...

SDSU to Participate in Solar Competition

Ascent Solar, a Colorado maker of “thin film photovoltaic” solar panels, has announced San Diego State University will be one ...

Occupy San Diego to Take Legal Action Against City and Police

Yesterday, attorneys representing Occupy San Diego held a press conference at the Civic Center Plaza to announce their intention to ...

Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Small Business Package

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce is announcing Regulatory Relief Day, set for next Monday, November 14. The event is ...

Predator Maker Linden Blue Blasts Barack Obama

La Jolla's Linden Blue, co-chairman with his brother Neal Blue of General Atomics, the big Torrey Pines-based U.S. military contractor ...

Cost Doubles on High-Speed Rail

California’s Proposition 1A, passed with 52.7% of the vote statewide in 2008, promised a high-speed rail line running from San ...

Carl DeMaio's Fundraiser Deemed "Disgusting" and "Publicity Stunt" by Occupy San Diego Spokesperson

Last night, city councilmember and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio held a fundraiser at Downtown Johnny Brown’s bar and grill for ...

SDG&E Offers Energy Efficient Holiday Light Exchange

San Diego Gas & Electric has announced that, for the sixth straight year, the utility will give away up to ...

San Diego Sheriff Shopping for Riot Control Munitions

In the wake of clashes between San Diego police and Occupy San Diego demonstrations, the county, on behalf of San ...

Property Owners Allowed to Evict Marijuana Dispensaries

It is legal for building owners to evict pot dispensaries that are operating on their property, ruled San Diego County ...

Military Brass Concerned with Childhood Obesity

A group of retired military admirals and generals, including Navy Admiral Leon A. “Bud” Edney of Coronado and Major General ...

Home Underwater Rate Here Lower Than Nation

There is one piece of good news in the Zillow.com report released this morning (Nov. 8). Nationally, 28.6% of single-family ...

Amylin, Lilly Split on Diabetes Drug

Biotech Amylin and big pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly have ended their partnership in the diabetes drug exenatide, sold as Byetta. ...

It's Confirmed: Hedgecock to KFMB

San Diego radio station 760 KFMB will take on the Roger Hedgecock talk show beginning Jan. 2, 2012. On Nov. ...

Encinitas Residents To Protest Council Appointment

"Enough is Enough," reads an email from Encinitas resident Steve Meiche. Meiche is one of many residents upset over the ...

Yes, Manchester IS Looking at U-T

Hotelier and real estate magnate Doug (Papa Doug) Manchester is considering purchase of the Union-Tribune, VoiceofSanDiego.org is reporting this afternoon. ...

Fletcher Creates Coalitions for Latino, Asian Supporters

Mayoral hopeful Nathan Fletcher today announced the launch of two new coalitions associated with his candidacy – Latinos for Fletcher ...

City of San Diego Lobbies Congress On Debt, Hotel Taxes

An analysis by Washington's non-profit Center for Responsive Politics has found that more than 400 special interests, including corporations, labor ...

Workforce Index Declines

The local labor market didn't receive good news in the latest results of the San Diego Workforce Index. The index ...

Man Attempts to Flee Border Patrol By Tow Truck

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers are reporting the arrest of a man who, after failing to provide proper documentation ...

Escondido to Strongly Encourage Use of E-Verify

Officials in Escondido will consider making some changes to a city ordinance that requires all private companies with city contracts ...

Occupy San Diego Pushes Vendors to Return

In response to the departure of both a coffee and hot dog vendor from the Civic Center plaza, who claim ...

Occupy San Diego's Big Banks Funeral March

Occupy San Diego will march from Petco Park to the Bank of America at 10:30 a.m. today in an action ...

County Supervisors to Address Gnat Infestations in Escondido and Jacumba

County supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Dianne Jacob are looking to adopt a new strategy in dealing with eye gnat infestations ...

Maienschein Paid $106,270 As Homeless Commissioner

News arrived this morning via the Union-Tribune's Tom Blair that ex-San Diego city councilman Brian Maienschein is throwing a $3900-a-head ...

General Atomics Gets Navy Money For Railgun Research

Local defense contractor General Atomics will receive almost $12.3 million from the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, the Department ...

October Job Gains Anemic

The U.S. added only 80,000 jobs in October, although the unemployment rate inched down to 9% from September's 9.1%, according ...

Emergency broadcast test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning to shut down all television and radio stations across the country for a ...

Occupy San Diego Reclaims Personal Property, Relocates to East Lawn

The Civic Center concourse has been vacated of occupiers and water-filled jersey walls have remained around the plaza’s perimeter since ...

Trash Magnate Paying for Mayors' Newspaper Columns

Who says the power and influence of newspapers is dying? Apparently not five North County mayors and San Diego's own ...

SDSU's Business School Earns Financial Planning Accolades

San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration was featured as one of ten standout schools in the country for ...

Volunteer Police Association Endorses District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

On Thursday, the California Reserve Peace Officers Association announced its endorsement of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor of San ...

San Diego County Increases Number of Solar Permits

Solar energy projects are increasing in San Diego County. By June 2012, the county predicts the number of permits for ...

Food Carts Get a Little Push from City Hall

Mayor Sanders announced plans to bail out the owner of a downtown coffee-cart on Wednesday after the owner claimed that ...

Occupy, Labor Groups Advocate Mass Bank Withdrawals

The Occupy San Diego movement, despite facing constant logistical battles with the city over its chosen occupation site at Civic ...

Pride Contingent to March in Veteran's Parade

With the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the San Diego LGBT Pride organization, promoters of the annual Pride ...

Rumor: Hedgecock May Leave KOGO

According to Jimmy Valentine, his former producer, radio personality Roger Hedgecock may depart KOGO and wind up at KFMB. Valentine ...

Qualcomm Stock Jumps 9.29% After Hours

Stock of telecom superstar Qualcomm leapt 9.29% to $57.03 in after hours trading today (Nov. 2). The company reported a ...

Auditor Says Police Botched Stripper Enforcement, Lost Track of Funds

As if the troubled San Diego Police Department didn't have enough headaches with on-duty officer sex scandals and sexual harrassment ...

DUI Checkpoint Targets SDSU

The San Diego County Avoid Task Force, comprised of local law enforcement agencies, conducted another DUI sweep over Halloween, this ...

Could McGrory Have Given More?

Jack McGrory, former City Manager and executive of Price Group and PriceSmart, has given $1.2 million to the Campaign for ...

Bridgepoint Announces Painting Project, Improved Profits

Bridgepoint Education, the local and controversial operator of for-profit colleges that has drawn fire for its high-pressure enrollment tactics, having ...

U.S. Puts Ensenada Car Dealer on Drug Kingpin List

The United States has added Martin Avendano Ojeda and two brothers to its drug kingpin list, freezing their U.S. assets ...

Popular Sacramento Watering Holes Host San Diego Pols

The Sacramento Bee is out today with a list, complete with map, of the state capital's top 20 restaurants and ...

Cosmetic Surgeries Spike Despite Recession

Could the economic downturn actually be enticing consumers to spend more money on big ticket non-essentials like cosmetic surgery? Possibly, ...

U-T Daily Circulation Falls, Sunday Rises

Union-Tribune Monday-Friday circulation for the six months ended Sept. 30 fell to 219,347, down from 224,761 for the same period ...