News Ticker Entries for October, 2011

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Wireless Demand May Soon Outstrip Availability

The national demand for wireless service for devices from smartphones and computers to iPods and iPads could soon outstrip our ...

San Diego Unified Board Member Scott Barnett Releases His "Plan to Save Our Schools"

Scott Barnett, San Diego Unified School District board member, is calling for a ten-percent pay cut, reforms to health care ...

Embattled Sycuan Band Gives Big to Local GOP

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, which operates a prosperous casino and is currently embroiled in a pitched battle ...

Chula Vista Council Considers Declaring Synthetic Drugs a Public Nuisance

City officials in Chula Vista aren't convinced that recent state legislation signed by the Governor will be effective in ridding ...

Tijuana's Adela Navarro Bello wins 2011 Courage in Journalism Prize

Adela Navarro Bello, a Tijuana journalist who has risked death by covering the ongoing drug war and corruption of government ...

Former Beauty Queen, Police Officer Loses Wrongful Termination Suit

A San Diego Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the Chula Vista Police Department over the termination of ...

Protesters, Labor, Critical Mass Converge to Occupy San Diego

Police raids on the Occupy San Diego protest early Friday morning drew a groundswell of support for the group, which ...

New Community Service Offices Open

The New York-based Local Initiatives Support Corporation announced the opening of four new offices in the San Diego area today. ...

Occupiers Pledge to Retake Civic Center

The Occupy San Diego has once again regrouped after being forced from Civic Center Plaza in the early morning hours ...

Vargas Hands Out Gifts of Cash to Prospective Friends and Allies

Democratic State Sen. Juan Vargas, now running for the congressional seat being vacated by San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner, ...

Occupy San Diego Camps Raided

Armed police outfitted in riot gear marched on both Occupy San Diego camps at the Civic Center and a few ...

Solana Beach Moves Closer to Banning Plastic Bags

19 billion plastic bags are used each year in California, resulting in 147,000 tons of waste landing in state landfills. ...

Marijuana Advocacy Group Sues Obama Administration

Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access announced today that it has filed suit against the Obama administration, arguing ...

Molasky's San Diego FBI Building Breaks Ground

San Diego city councilman and GOP mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, along with a contingent of federal officials, has helped break ...

Meth Still the Number One Drug Of Choice At County Treatment Centers

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about designer drugs Spice and Bath Salts invading local communities and boarding Navy ...

Occupy San Diego Re-Occupies the Civic Center

“Last week I asked in writing to have the re-occupation of the Civic Center be put on the agenda,” Occupy ...

Fraudulent Block Grant Claims

In an October 25 letter, San Diego's city auditor confirmed allegations that non-profit Alliance For African Assistance, working with the ...

Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane Fighting Separate Sports Battles

Say what you will about the many stadium proposals littering the California landscape these days, they are very good at ...

Operation Boo Targets Sex Offenders on Halloween

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced an expansion of its statewide “Operation Boo” program, aimed at creating ...

South Bay Power Plant Operator Agrees to Dismantle Plant

The South Bay Power Plant is now one step closer to getting dismantled. In a October 25 letter, executives from ...

Tents Back Up at Occupy San Diego

The tent city is back at Occupy San Diego as of Tuesday night. Acting on the alleged support of City ...

Food Drive for Family Pets to Collect Kibble

Locally based pet supply retailer Petco is kicking off their second annual Food Drive for Family Pets this weekend at ...

ResMed Stock Plunges Almost 14%

Stock of ResMed, which makes equipment for treating sleep-disordered breathing and various respiratory disorders, plummeted 13.66% today (Oct. 25) to ...

Occupy San Diego City Council

"Endorse us now. Endorse us now. Endorse us now," was the chant from members of Occupy San Diego just before ...

Warner Springs Ranch Finally to Be Sold to Pala

After a long legal struggle and political infighting, it now appears all but certain that Warner Springs Ranch -- featuring ...

Proposed Paramilitary Training Camp in Ocotillo Faces Foreclosure

Residents of Nomirage, a small desert community 17 miles east of San Diego County, were up in arms over a ...

San Diego Housing Lags Other Metro Areas

San Diego County home values dropped 0.2% from July to August, underperforming the index of the 20 major metro areas, ...

San Diego City Auditor Cites Retirement System's High Costs

A performance review by the office of San Diego city auditor Eduardo Luna has found room for improvement in the ...

DeMaio Critics Bash Recent Endorsements, Refusal to Debate

Carl DeMaio and his mayoral campaign have been drawing fire from several directions in recent weeks. First, there’s the San ...

Catholic Group Demands Money From IRS Despite Having Already Been Paid

Catholic Answers, a San Diego-based group “dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world,” ...

Has Craig Venter's ExxonMobil Deal Hit a Rough Patch?

As a hometown hero, genome mapping pioneer, world sailor, and venture capital rainmaker extraordinaire, J. Craig Venter, who lives in ...

Chula Vista to Ease Regulations at Hotels

On Tuesday, elected officials in Chula Vista will consider changing a requirement that calls for annual health inspections at hotels ...

El Cajon Bar Patron Shoots Man in Foot

El Cajon Police arrested 29 year-old Cein Kelley outside the Junction Bar on the 700 block of Jamacha Road shortly ...

The State of Brian Bilbray's Finances

A rush of sorts is on among local Democrats to declare for the congressional seat of the GOP’s Brian Bilbray, ...

Occupy San Diego Returns to Children's Park

After two weeks at the Civic Center, Occupy San Diego is expanding to Children’s Park on First and Island. A ...

Manchester Busted with Illegal Radio Device

The Federal Communications Commission, investigating an interference complaint from AT&T Wireless, traced the source to “Papa” Doug Manchester’s 8000-square-foot Carmel ...

Jobs Drop, but So Does Unemployment Rate

San Diego County lost 3,600 jobs between August and September, but the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7% in September from ...

California Attorney General Responds to Feds Assault on Medical Marijuana

California's top attorney, Kamala Harris, is asking that federal attorneys scale back their recent assault on medical marijuana dispensaries, reports ...

The After-MAD in Golden Hill

Dozens of South Park and Golden Hill residents crammed inside the Golden Hill Youth Center for a meeting of the ...

Navy Drug Bust Nabs Local Sailors

Numerous San Diego-based sailors are being disciplined as the result of a local drug bust, USA Today reports. 64 sailors ...

State Prisons Will Reap Benefits From Solar

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation today announced that it will begin installing solar panels that will generate 25 ...

Chicano Federation, Urban League Lobby for AT&T's T-Mobile Takeover

Efforts by telecom giant AT&T to obtain federal approval of its $39 billion bid to buy competing cell phone provider ...

County Supes to Consider Offering Help to Grandparents

County Supervisors are looking into creating an action plan that would help elderly residents look after the needs of their ...

Juan Vargas Gets $1000 of Roski Campaign Cash

Majestic Realty honcho Edward P. Roski, Jr., locked in a battle with AEG's Philip Anschutz for the chance to build ...

Sempra Wins Solar Energy Award

Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Solar Energy ...

Silver Lining In City's Five-Year Financial Forecast

Remember that "gradual economic recovery" that the City predicted in a recent financial forecast? Well, the City's director of financial ...

Military Members Sue BBG Communications

Military personnel tied to Fort Hood, Texas, have filed suit against BBG Communications, a San Diego-based company that charges stiff ...

Fabian Núñez's Lobbying Power Grows

Ex-assembly speaker Fabian Núñez became a political pariah here this year after his close friend, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, commuted the ...

Tea Party to Meet with Occupiers

Occupy San Diego is preparing for a visit and talk this afternoon around 5:00 with members of the Tea Party ...

Councilmembers to Consider Revamped Tourism Marketing District

$1 billion dollars over the next 40 years, that's the amount that would be raised if city councilmembers decide to ...

Former Officer's Lawsuit Reopened on Appeal

Former San Diego Police Department officer Aleksei Sviridov has been granted a partial reversal of judgment in a complaint against ...

Occupy San Diego Remains at Civic Center, Modifies Consensus Process - At Least 26 Tijuana Occupiers Arrested

The three splinter groups of Occupy San Diego reunited on the Civic Center concourse Saturday afternoon in a march from ...

Clairemont Shows School Spirit for Cadman Elementary

Administrators, parents, and residents living near Cadman Elementary are doing all they can to persuade district officials to erase the ...

Filner Moves Funds Between Mayoral and Congressional Campaign Committees

Democratic Congressman Bob Filner is running for mayor these days, but his old congressional campaign finance committee just keeps on ...

Occupy San Diego Heads to City Council

A group of Occupy San Diego activists and several supporters showed up at this morning’s city council meeting to address ...

SDG&E to Start Repairing Roads Damaged by Powerlink Water Trucks

John Pilch, a San Carlos resident and member of the Navajo Planning Board, again appeared before the City Council with ...

Sequenom Stock Back on Roller Coaster

Stock of biotech Sequenom resumes riding a roller coaster. Yesterday (Oct. 17) the company said its prenatal test for Down ...

Equality 9 (or 8) to Stand Trial

Demonstrators from the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality, joined by supporters from the Occupy San Diego group encamped nearby, ...

Yet Another Free Foreign Junket for Susan Davis

She's been forced onto Washington's campaign fundraising circuit after being burned in the Kinde Durkee embezzlement scandal, but that hasn't ...

California Medical Association Pushes Pot Legalization

The California Medical Association, in a press release dated October 16, has made a recommendation for legalization and regulation of ...

Anadys Up 251%; Roche to Buy It

Anadys Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in developing hepatitis C treatments, announced this morning (Oct. 17) that it will be acquired by ...

Port Commissioner/Former City Councilman Scott Peters Announces Congressional Run

Scott Peters, former city councilmember and current port commissioner, officially announced his candidacy for the newly drawn 52nd congressional district ...

The Marines Are Looking for a Few Good Re-Tweets

Pugil sticks, close order drill, bayonet training, martial arts: all play crucial roles in the arduous training regimen of the ...

Film Fights Teaching of Creationism in Science Classes

A new film that “examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists” has struck a nerve with some Christians, ...

Occupy San Diego Holds Rally, March on Civic Center

Several hundred members of the Occupy San Diego movement gathered around 11 a.m. at the western edge of Balboa Park ...

Police Remove Occupy San Diego Tents, 2 Arrests, Half-dozen Pepper Sprayed

Just about every local news outlet in town was at the Civic Center this morning around 7:30 when police made ...

Splintered Occupy San Diego Movement Seeks to Re-Unify

Some in the Occupy San Diego movement have declared a meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon near the USS Midway ...

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Reconsider Soledad Cross Ruling

The U.S Ninth district federal appeals court today rejected a request by the city of San Diego and the federal ...

The Spice Is Not Right

On Monday, board members for the Sweetwater Union High School District will consider banning synthetic drugs Spice and Bath Salts ...

Billionaire GOP Yachtsman Shuns Tea Party

Actor Morgan Freeman is scheduled to put in an appearance at the San Diego Yacht Club on October 23, where ...

San Dieguito River Conservancy Will Not Rename Trail After Jerry Schad

Shortly after hiker and author Jerry Schad passed away from cancer, Robert Parkinson started a petition to rename San Diego ...

Cyclists Angry Over Brown Veto

California’s cyclist community is up in arms over Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of Senate Bill 910, a measure requiring motorists ...

French Gourmet, Officers Plead Guilty

La Jolla's French Gourmet Restaurant, along with its owner Michel Malecot and manager Richard Kauffmann, pleaded guilty today (Oct. 13) ...

Occupy San Diego Fractures, Relocates, Searches For Common Voice

A deceptively amicable general assembly on Tuesday night preceded a stark division among the roughly 300 protesters who have been ...

Men's Health Names San Diego the Luckiest Town in America

Men's Health magazine has dubbed San Diego "America's luckiest town" in a recent list. The article factored in the number ...

Lucky Duck Foundation Gives $30,000 to Local Charities

San Diego’s Lucky Duck Foundation, a charitable group, has announced two $15,000 gifts to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the ...

Councilmember Wants a Different Approach to Managed Competition Process

Councilmember David Alvarez believes something is missing from the Mayor's approach to allowing private companies to bid on public services. ...

FICO to Help Banks Target Strategic Defaulters

Credit analysis firm FICO announced this week that it has formed relationships with four of the nation’s top ten loan ...

Sac State Still Trying to Collect $9 Million from Alex Spanos

Sacramento's Capitol Weekly has a follow-up today on its earlier report that Stockton-based Alex Spanos failed to come up with ...

Stalking the Residential Real Estate Portfolio of Union-Tribune's Tom Gores

Those who live in Beverly Hills and other parts of L.A. where the rich and famous reside are used to ...

U.S. Attorney To Target Media Outlets For Printing Medicinal Marijuana Ads

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy is all fired up about the state's medical marijuana law. Earlier this month, Duffy and other ...

SDSU Gets $6M to Study Childhood Obesity

San Diego State University has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worth more than $6 ...

Harrisburg, Pa. Files for Bankruptcy

Financially ailing Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, filed for municipal bankruptcy today (Oct. 12). According to Reuters, the city now ...

Shames Rejoins Bar

Michael Shames, head of watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), has rejoined the State Bar of California. His readmission is ...

Tech-Site Says HP Is Shutting Down San Diego Software Unit. HP Says It's Not Accurate

Reports that HP is laying off 500 employees at its San Diego Software unit is wrong says a company spokesperson. ...

John Boehner Makes Good for Brian Bilbray

The spat with president Barack Obama over the national deficit kept House Speaker John Boehner tied down in Washington the ...

Law Bans "Open Carry" of Handguns

In a flurry of last-minute signings and vetoes, Governor Jerry Brown on Monday announced the signing into law of Assembly ...

Susan Davis Turns to D.C. Lobbyists for New Campaign Money

Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis, who told supporters in a letter last month that "We’ve been robbed," is still trying to ...

Think Tank Says Tech Responsible for 30% of Jobs

The National University System Institute for Policy Research has concluded that technology industries account for 30% of jobs in the ...

Borrego Sun Editor Found Dead

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Judy Meier, longtime editor of the Borrego Sun newspaper, was found ...

Tragedy and Consensus at Occupy San Diego

The celebratory mood of Occupy San Diego turned somber when a man fell to his death around 3:15 p.m. yesterday ...

Response to Military Sexual Assaults Found Lacking

Last week we reported on a survey being conducted by the Navy concerning sexual harassment and assault. This week, the ...

County To Push for Independent Redistricting Commission

San Diego County's Board of Supervisors agreed to establish an independent redistricting commission during a hearing on Tuesday. Currently, the ...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wants to Store Radioactive Waste on the Coast Through 2250

Nuclear energy watchdog group Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility has released comments in response to a request for public input on ...

San Diego Slipping Faster than Nation

Zillow's August report shows San Diego home values dropping faster than the nation's — but local home values remain among ...

County And Rincon Tribe May Be Sharing Gambling Profits

Tomorrow, San Diego County Supervisors will consider entering into an agreement with the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians that would ...

Navy Makes Losing Bet on Solar

The Navy has admitted it failed to consider whether various solar projects it awarded contracts for at several California bases ...

Governor Vetoes Assemblyman Garrick's Storm Water Bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill from Assemblyman Martin Garrick, which would have made it easier for construction contractors to ...

Copley Press Sells Six Aging La Jolla Cottages for $5.9 million

Once upon a time, way back in 1979, there was a Republican San Diego county supervisor named Roger Hedgecock who ...

State Releases $600M for Jail Expansions

The state’s Corrections Standards Authority Board last week announced the release of $602,881,000 in funding to be made available to ...

Medical Marijuana, Inc. Stock Down

Stock of San Diego's Medical Marijuana, Inc. is down 10.71% this morning. Friday it closed down around 6% — not ...

Occupy San Diego Moves to Civic Center, Marches on Wells Fargo

Hundreds of Occupy San Diego demonstrators moved from Children’s Park to the Civic Center at 4 p.m. yesterday, where tents ...

Signs — the Message of the Occupiers

A crowd that police estimated at in excess of 1400 gathered downtown yesterday afternoon, October 7, to march from Children's ...

Al Davis Dead

The Oakland Raiders said today (Oct. 8) that owner Al Davis has died at age 82. Davis had once been ...

Who Occupies San Diego?

The inaugural gathering of Occupy San Diego has been an unpredictable but pronounced pastiche of locals decrying everything from corporate ...

No Shark Fin Soup For You!

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the possession and sale of shark fins. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman ...

Gay Rights Group Signs On with Occupy Movement

Local LGBT rights group San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) has released a statement of support and says its ...

Spanos and Family Reported Second Among NFL Political Donors

The blog at OpenSecrets.org is out today with a report that should be of interest to followers of the San ...

Encinitas Is Now Accepting Applications For New Councilmember

Encinitas resident and community activist, Donna Westbrook, referred to it as the "800 pound gorilla," the concern that the majority ...

Kessler Case May Be Headed for Settlement

The city attorney is scheduled to brief city council in closed session Monday on Scott Kessler's unlawful termination suit against ...

Green Energy Company at Risk

In the wake of the failure of Solyndra, a manufacturer of solar panels who was the beneficiary of government-backed loans, ...

Government Panel Thumbs Down PSA Test

The government-sanctioned United States Preventive Services Task Force has reported that the P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer ...

Illumina Shares Plunge 31.76%

Shares of biotech Illumina are down 31.76% to $27.25 this morning (Oct. 7) and pressuring some other biotechs. The maker ...

U.S. Adds 103,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment 9.1%

The U.S. added 103,000 jobs in September, almost double what some economists had expected, and August was revised upward from ...

Occupy San Diego Location Change

Verbatim from Occupy San Diego on Facebook In respect of Yom Kippur and the Jewish Communities right to celebrate it ...

Shutting Down California's Cannabis Industry

As if news that San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith plans to shut down all of San Diego's medical marijuana ...

Bilbray Hears Complaints from Local Biotechs

International Stem Cell Corporation, a local biotech, announced that it recently met with Representative Brian Bilbray to discuss concerns over ...

Compromise on St. Paul's Cathedral Towers

On Thursday, San Diego Planning Commissioners approved a proposal from St. Paul's Cathedral to build two towers on Nutmeg and ...

Will Big-Money Lobbying Win the Airport Parking Battle?

Ace Parking, founded more than sixty years ago by Evan Jones, has long had a virtual monopoly on running San ...

Car From Hit-and-Run on Toddler Found, Impounded

Police have located the vehicle they believe to be responsible for a hit-and-run collision that involved a driver striking a ...

General Atomics Subsidiary Cotter Corp. Keeps Making Messes

San Diego-based General Atomics, best known for its Predator unmanned aerial vehicles, continues to take heat over uranium mining and ...

Local Marketing Firm to Launch In-Store Promos

With modern consumers pressed for time, a trip to the grocery store has become a “get in, get out” experience ...

Decision On Sale of Carlton Oaks Golf Course Delayed

On Wednesday, the Land Use and Housing Committee discussed the sale of 68 acres of property along the San Diego ...

Steve Jobs Died

Cupertino-based Apple Computer announced today (Oct. 5) that Steve Jobs, the innovator behind the iPhone, iPod, iPad, IMac and iTunes, ...

Sanders Launches Street Sweeper Outsourcing

Latest candidate for outsourcing under the so-called managed competition plan of San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders: street sweeping. We've got ...

Police Nab Teenage Burglars

La Mesa Police this morning announced the arrest of three juveniles on burglary charges. Yesterday afternoon around 1:30 police responded ...

Encinitas City Council To Discuss Filling Houlihan's Council Seat

On Thursday, the Encinitas City Council will discuss whether to appoint a new councilmember or hold a special election to ...

Walk, Ride & Roll to School Challenge Kicks Off

Today kicks off the month-long Walk, Ride & Roll to School Challenge at dozens of participating schools around San Diego ...

Qualcomm Announces Leadership Changes

San Diego-based mobile technology firm Qualcomm Inc. announced a shakeup in its executive roster on Tuesday. Steve Altman takes over ...

"Fallen Star" Is Latest Addition to UCSD's Stuart Collection

Work is underway on Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star, the latest installation in the Stuart Collection. Under an ...

Mad About Getting Rid of MAD

The Golden Hill Community Development Corporation (GGHCDC)is calling on Golden Hill and South Park residents to petition councilmembers Todd Gloria ...

Occupy Wall Street Protests Come to San Diego

“Standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC, hundreds of San Diego citizens will peacefully occupy the Civic Center Plaza ...

Banning Project Labor Agreement Bans

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is celebrating the passage of one state law and mobilizing its supporters ...

Small World: An Interesting Deal between Casey Wasserman and Tom Gores

If the effort to build a new, taxpayer-subsidized downtown stadium for the Chargers ever gets to the serious stage, the ...

The Jerry Schad Trail

"Who else has had more of an impact in guiding hikers to the magnificent trails this area has to offer, ...

Civil Liberties Groups Concerned Over Anti-Muslim Training

CAIR-San Diego, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is leading the charge in a quest to clarify ...

"Next Stop: Center for Infectious Diseases."

County health officials have teamed up with transit officials to notify bus riders that they may have caught something other ...

Court Date Set for SOHO's Suit Against the City

Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) and the City have set a date, a court date. On December 16, a Superior ...

Filner Demands Ethics Investigation of Supreme Court's Clarence Thomas

Congressman Bob Filner, currently engaged in a campaign for San Diego mayor, has joined 19 of his fellow House Democrats, ...

El Centro Man Sues Dairy Over "Brain Health" Claim

El Centro resident Evereth Barrera has initiated a $5 million class action lawsuit against Dean Foods and its subsidiary WhiteWave ...

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