News Ticker Entries for September, 2011

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San Diego Tenth Most Expensive City

Kiplinger magazine is out today (Sept. 30) with lists of the most expensive and cheapest places to live in the ...

U.S. May Crack Down; Bridgepoint Stock Plunges

Stock of Bridgepoint Education plummeted 7.92% today (Sept. 30) to $17.44. The stock closed at $20.38 as recently as Tuesday. ...

Chula Vista Hosts BMX Hall of Fame Inductions

The American Bicycle Association, a national sanctioning body for BMX racing, held inductions to its Hall of Fame on Thursday, ...

"Papa" Doug Manchester Continues Political Giving

"Papa" Doug Manchester, the wealthy La Jolla developer and Republican who drew the wrath of same-sex marriage proponents when he ...

Navy Conducting Sexual Harassment Survey

The US Navy is asking sailors, Marines, and civilians working for the military branch to complete a survey on sexual ...

State Senator Joel Anderson Endorses Marie Waldron for State Assembly

Marie Waldron, the conservative...make that one of the conservative councilmembers in Escondido, continues to rack up endorsements from fellow San ...

MTS Rolls Out New Low-Floor Trolleys

Metropolitan Transit System officials today unveiled car #4001, the first in a fleet of 57 new cars to hit the ...

Daimler Lobbied City Council for Electric Car Plan

What happens to neighborhood parking when 300 free-roaming little electric cars hit town later this year? San Diego is about ...

Rumor: Papa Doug Buying U-T

This is strictly a rumor, but worth reporting. It goes like this: iconic local hotelier Doug (Papa Doug) Manchester is ...

San Diego Produce Company Recalls Tomatoes -- Salmonella Found

San Diego-based produce grower and distributor, Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce, issued a voluntary recall of organic grape tomatoes on September ...

Local Jobs Index Inches Up

The San Diego Workforce Index, compiled by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, ticked up to 84.81 in August from July's ...

Same-Sex Marriage Protestors Petition for Dropped Charges

The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) gathered a crowd of about 40 supporters outside city attorney Jan Goldsmith’s ...

Resident Accusing SDG&E Of Depleting Water Levels

Just days after a state energy commission halted helicopter use on SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink, complaints about the project continue to ...

Court Orders ACORN Scandal Filmmaker to Turn Over Videos

Conservative activist/filmmaker James O’Keefe (pictured) has been ordered to turn over all video footage and other media captured relating to ...

San Diego Library Foundation Needs $25 million

Mel Katz and Judith Harris from San Diego's Library Foundation are confident they can raise the $25 million needed for ...

Spanos Slow to Make Good on $10 Million Sac State Stadium Pledge

Is Alex Spanos and his family running short on cash? Most likely not, but Sacramento-based Capitol Weekly, which bills itself ...

Dogs Poisoned in Ocean Beach

Fliers went up across southern Ocean Beach yesterday seeking help in locating the killer of two dogs, Ed and Delilah. ...

Fletcher Picks Up Endorsement From Former Democratic Senator

Republican Nathan Fletcher’s mayoral campaign has picked up another official backer — former Democratic state assemblyman and senator Wadie P. ...

County Supervisors Approve New Political Boundaries

San Diego County supervisors formally adopted new boundaries during a September 27 hearing. While the new political map, good until ...

Perry, Brown Likely No-Shows at Ensenada Border Governors Confab

The U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference starts tomorrow in Ensenada with both high hopes and major fears. The event has been ...

Governor Brown Shoots Down Hueso's State Bank Idea

On Monday, September 26, Governor Jerry Brown returned San Diego Assemblyman Ben Hueso's bill to create a task force tasked ...

Trash Contract Goes to Bid

San Diego’s City Council, led by Kevin Faulconer and with the endorsement of Mayor Jerry Sanders, yesterday approved a proposal ...

Carriers' U-T Case Certified as Class Action

Superior Court Judge Lisa Foster on Sept. 21 ruled that a suit by 1,300 newspaper carriers against the Union-Tribune can ...

SD Home Values Gain Slightly in July

San Diego County home values inched up 0.1% in July from June, according to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller released this morning ...

Tea Party Protests Upon Obama's Departure

As President Barack Obama arrives for a brief fund-raising visit before heading off to Los Angeles, a group of local ...

La Jolla's Kayak Lobby Facing Epic Battle

The great war of the La Jolla Shores kayak vendors is about to enter its next major round, and in ...

Report Documents Border Patrol Abuses

No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, a group based out of Tucson, Arizona that provides humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the ...

Borrego's Problems Keep Mounting

Psst...want a golf course? Free? In late May, Encinitas-based Geyser Holdings closed escrow on the 3100-acre Montesoro housing project in ...

Where Does the Navy Stand on Managed Competition at Miramar Landfill

During a city-council meeting on September 26, city staff will present the preliminary statement of work required to implement managed ...

Russian Covets GA's Attack Drone Success

The English version of the Moscow Times website is out with an an op-ed piece heaping praise on La Jolla's ...

Arts Report Shows San Diegans, Californians Consume More Than Most Americans

The James Irvine Foundation, a California civic and cultural booster group, recently commissioned a study by Markusen Economic Research focusing ...

Juvenile Fined Big for Trolley Graffiti

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System is celebrating a win in court today, as an unnamed juvenile was ordered to pay ...

Two More SD Specials: Ponzi, Real Estate Swindle

The U.S. Attorney's office today (Sept. 22) announced two more scams for which the county has become known. John Clement ...

Golden Hill Residents Aren't MAD Anymore

Today, a state appeals judge ruled that the City "improperly inflated" the voting in order to create the Greater Golden ...

Report Cites Escalating Poverty Levels

The non-profit Center on Policy Initiatives has released “San Diego: Home of the Working Poor,” a report that paints a ...

Two San Diegans Make Forbes 400

Two San Diegans made the list of the 400 richest Americans published by Forbes Magazine. Money manager Charles Brandes is ...

Hedgecock Endorses DeMaio for Mayor

Carl DeMaio's campaign announced that conservative radio-talk show host Roger Hedgecock has endorsed DeMaio for Mayor of San Diego. “Leadership ...

Issa's Digital Deputy Takes Free Trip to Turkey

It was off to Turkey last month for an aide to North County GOP congressman Darrell Issa, thanks to the ...

DeMaio's Plan to Save Our Streets

Carl DeMaio is the man with a plan to Save Our Streets from potholes. His new SOS initiative, rolled out ...

Port to Discuss Vendors Along Bay

Some vendors selling their art and jewelery at small stands along San Diego Bay are accusing Harbor Police officers of ...

Democrats Announce Endorsements For "Non-Partisan" City Elections

The San Diego County Democratic Party last night announced endorsements for the mayoral race and city council seats in San ...

City Announces Marketing Partnership Agreements With Toyota and Sprint

In an attempt to generate revenue and savings and to "minimize the perception" that the city has become "corporatized", a ...

Local Tourism Keeps Rising

San Diego hotel occupancy through August continues to pick up, according to the latest data from Smith Travel Research. Year-to-date ...

Arms Trial of Coronado-Based SEAL Opens in Las Vegas

Opening arguments in the arms smuggling trial of Coronado-based Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle began Monday in a Las Vegas federal ...

Motorist Crashes Into Building, Flees

El Cajon Police are seeking the help of the public in apprehending the driver of a Nissan Maxima that crashed ...

San Diego Named 7th Best City

Bloomberg Businessweek is out with a list of the best U.S. cities based on such criteria as the number of ...

Lawsuits, Petition Drive Aim to Block New District Maps

The California Republican Party has embarked on its campaign to undo the work of the independent commission charged with redrawing ...

Legally Blind Man Gearing Up to Sail Around the World

Dennis Howard has his sight, all 5 percent of it, set on sailing around the world on his 20-foot sailboat, ...

AMN Healthcare Facing $1600 Lobbying Fine

Del Mar Heights-based AMN Healthcare has agreed to pay $1600 to the state's Political Fair Practices Commission for "failure to ...

USD Gets $600K to Attract Women, Minorities to Sciences

Last week two $600,000 grants were awarded in Southern California by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of ...

Head of El Cajon Meth-Ring Sentenced To 14 Years

On September 16, a U.S. District Judge sentenced local meth-pusher Luis Carlos "Tiny" Barragan to 14 years in federal prison, ...

Licensed Fiduciary Gets 18 Months for Fund Diversion

Teresa Laggner, a licensed fiduciary, was sentenced today (Sept. 19) to 18 months in custody and ordered to pay $471,000 ...

San Diego Tax Revenue Sharply Down

Audit information released by the City last week reveals some surprisingly sharp declines in tax revenue. Consider, for example, transient ...

Dumanis Campaign Draws New Supporters

After a period without much making much noise, the Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor campaign appears to be ramping up. This ...

In Wake of Durkee Allegations, Davis Throws a Fundraiser

Fresh from revelations that Burbank-based campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee allegedly looted over $250,000 from the campaign treasurery of Susan Davis, ...

Issa Responds To President's Plan to Save Postal Service

In his new deficit reduction plan, President Obama supports a plan that would end Saturday mail delivery for the U.S. ...

Business Reps, Local Pols Off to Washington

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is sending a delegation to Washington, D.C. this week, to “advocate, promote and ...

"Lady Catarina" Goes to Trial Tomorrow

"Lady Catarina Pietra Tourmei," with an address in Rancho Santa Fe, goes on trial tomorrow, (Monday, Sept. 19) in federal ...

La Madrid Associate Gets 51 Months

Moises Pacheco, a partner of Matthew "Beau" La Madrid, was sentenced today (Sept. 16) to 51 months in prison for, ...

Local Unemployment Dips Moderately

The San Diego County unemployment rate for August was 10.2%, down from a revised 10.6% in July and below the ...

Dumanis Responds to California's High Unemployment Rate

According to the Labor Department, California's unemployment rate is the second highest in the country, behind Nevada. The August jobs ...

Children's Hospital Approaches Fund-Raising Goals

Rady Children’s Hospital today announced progress on the Campaign for Rady’s, which it bills as ”what will be the second ...

SDSU, UCSD Receive $1M to Expand Computer Courses

San Diego State University and UC San Diego’s San Diego Supercomputer Center have announced the receipt of grants from the ...

Credit Card Thief On The Loose in North County

San Diego Sheriff's Deputies are offering a $1,000 reward for help identifying a woman suspected of pick-pocketing older-female shoppers and ...

FBI Searches Business and Home of Bob White Associate

The FBI has searched the Fontana home and business of former GOP state senator, Jim Brulte (pictured), currently an associate ...

August Foreclosure Data Released

Updated stats for August were released on Tuesday by mortgage default trackers ForeclosureRadar. It’s mostly bad news across the board. ...

Poll Shows DeMaio In The Lead For Mayor

Councilmember Carl DeMaio is the frontrunner in the race to become San Diego's next Mayor, at least that is what ...

Ducheny Enters Race for Congress, Will Spar With Vargas

As expected, this morning former state Senator Denise Ducheny formally announced her candidacy for the 51st Congressional District seat, which ...

Sanders Aide, Judges, and Kehoe Join For "Political Bootcamp"

A self-described progressive advocacy group Run Women Run is linking up with the San Diego County Bar Association and Lawyers ...

Beach Closures Lifted

On Wednesday, County health reopened the coastline at Torrey Pines, Bayside Park, Del Mar after the September 8 blackout caused ...

Class-Action Suit Alleges Negligence Caused Blackouts

Less than a week has passed since the lights came back on and a class-action lawsuit has already been filed ...

Haymet's Scripps Job Pulled From Regents Agenda

The item on today's closed session agenda of the University of California's Regents compensation committee regarding the Scripps Institution of ...

El Cajon Police Receive Assistance Corralling Rowdy Drunk

El Cajon Police last night arrested a 45 year-old transient who’s being accused of robbery and assaulting a police officer. ...

Psychiatrist's Talk of Rap Sheet Voids Pot Conviction

A psychiatrist's testimony about an alleged pot smuggler's "rap sheet" has resulted in reversal by the U.S. Ninth District Court ...

Uptown Residents Want Uptown Partnership Gone For Good

The saga continues for residents of Uptown who want to see the end of Uptown Partnership, the nonprofit responsible for ...

Atheists, Agnostics, Scientists Protest Creation Museum

The San Diego New Atheists and Agnostics, a group with over 700 registered members, has announced plans for a “positive ...

Historical Designation of Lund House Stands...For Now

Carolyn Kutzke purchased a 1923 Craftsman-style home in University Heights with an "airport-style" bungalow on Madison Avenue in June 2010. ...

Vargas Attacks Ducheny with Drunk-Driving Comment

State senator Juan Vargas has gone on the offensive against both the California Unemployment Appeals Board and potential rivals for ...

Local Ex-Medical Fraudster Loses Contract

Satori World Medical, which refers to a fourth-floor Mission Valley office as its “world headquarters,” has lost its contract with ...

State Bar Looking at Shames Again

The State Bar of California is once again looking into legal activities of Michael Shames, co-founder and head of Utility ...

Group to Call on Politicians to Halt Climate Change

Nearly thirty organizations have joined forces to form the Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future Coalition, which will ...

Fabiani's Partner Making Movie About Flawed Politicos

It's not about the Chargers stadium saga, but Chris Lehane, longtime business associate of the team's lobbying honcho Mark Fabiani, ...

City Council Upset Over No-Show By County Supes

"Is anyone here from the County? Raise your hand...anyone." That was the question from councilmember Carl DeMaio during a September ...

Seeking Solutions for Nuclear Waste Storage

The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility has released a letter addressed to the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear ...

SDPD Sex Crimes Detective Charges Sexual Harassment

According to a complaint filed in San Diego Superior Court on September 8 posted on the website of Courthouse News ...

A Blow to Chula Vista Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

On Tuesday, September 13 Chula Vista's elected officials will discuss whether to deliver the final blow for those looking to ...

Kehoe Passes Legislation on I-5 Improvements

State Senator Christine Kehoe last week announced the passage of her Senate Bill 468 by a 61-16 vote in the ...

Power Outage Cost Local Economy $100 Million

The National University System Institute for Policy Research estimates that the power outage of September 8 and 9 conservatively sucked ...

Indian Casino Adds Electric Car Chargers

Pala Casino Spa & Resort recently became the first in San Diego County to install electrical vehicle supply equipment at ...

A Response to the Grand Jury Report on New City Hall

The city's independent budget analyst teamed up with the Centre City Development Corporation and the mayor's office to craft a ...

Hotel Tax Does Not Apply to Online Travel Companies

The City of San Diego can not collect the full amount of hotel taxes from online travel companies, a California ...

Regents Agenda Sparks Curiosity About Scripps Future

It was five years ago last month that Tony Haymet (pictured) was appointed as the tenth director of the Scripps ...

Sewage Spills Close Area Beaches

Two sewage spills caused by yesterday’s power outage have caused health officials to close a number of beaches across the ...

Fletcher, Brown Partner on Tax Proposal

On Thursday, September 8, state assemblyman and San Diego mayoral hopeful Nathan Fletcher joined fellow GOP assemblyman Cameron Smyth in ...

Romney Extends Public Review Process for Mansion Expansion

Architects hired to remodel Mitt Romney's La Jolla Shores home are giving the public additional time to review the presidential ...

Local Restaurant Franchiser Buys Advertising Company

San Diego’s Papa Bello Enterprises, operators of four small restaurant chains, announced this morning that the company has acquired control ...

Kehoe Bill on Conflict of Interest Oversight Signed Into Law

Governor Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 801, introduced by San Diego’s Senator Christine Kehoe. The bill will serve ...

Lorie Zapf Supports Push To Curb RV Parking

Councilmember Lorie Zapf is in favor of a plan from Kevin Faulconer that would place strict regulations on where owners ...

DUI Checkpoints in Pacific Beach Result in High Arrest Count

San Diego Police are reporting a considerably higher than usual rate of success with a pair of local DUI checkpoints ...

Durkee Got Token San Diego Ethics Fine

Professional Democratic treasurer Kinde Durkee of Burbank was arrested last week on federal charges that she allegedly stole more than ...

County Supes Set to Verify E-Verify

On Tuesday, September 12 County supervisors will consider implementing the E-Verify system. E-Verify, otherwise known as the Electronic Employment Eligibility ...

3 Year-Old Dead From Falling Furniture

A three-year-old girl died on Tuesday night in Encinitas after she was struck by falling furniture in her family's garage. ...

Catholic Priest Writes Book on Ministering to Gays

A controversial retired Catholic priest has penned a new book aimed at helping parishes that seek to reach out to ...

City Audits Mean Big Savings

From January to June of this year, San Diego's City Auditor identified $20.2 million in potential savings. According to a ...

Fewer Free Flu Shots

A cache of 36,690 flu vaccines are on their way to San Diego, where they’ll be made available free of ...

Superstore Bill Draws Legions of Lobbyists

The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch website has launched a new searchable database of who is lobbying which bills ...

Dropping Pawn Shops in National City

City councilmembers in National City will consider enacting an emergency ban on new pawnshops, secondhand stores, and precious metal buy-back ...

A New Hope For Endangered Animals

Scientists at the San Diego Zoo and Scripps Research Institute may be on the verge of a breakthrough that could ...

Coronado: Where the Living Is Easy

Residents of Coronado love their community. According to results from The National Citizen Survey, the only aspects that Coronadoans don't ...

Chilean Stealth Sub Visiting San Diego

The Chilean navy's Carrera, a diesel-electric submarine, has arrived for a training mission with the 3rd Fleet in San Diego, ...

Controversy Over Minors' Right to Prevent STDs

Conservatives of all stripes are expressing alarm over the recent passage of California Assembly Bill 499, introduced by Assemblywoman Toni ...

Coronado Hanging Death Ruled Suicide

San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore said today that the death of Rebecca Nalepa was a suicide. In July, she ...

Audit Cites Improper Use of State Car by Fish and Game Worker

The California Department of Fish and Game has been criticized by the state Auditor's office for letting an employee use ...

Charges Filed Against Former Owners of SD Zoo's Elephants

Complaints lodged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has resulted in charges being filed against a Florida circus, ...

Harbor Police Arrest Bike Thief

San Diego Harbor Police officers arrested a man accused of leading a bike theft ring along the San Diego Embarcadero. ...

U.S. Had Zero Job Growth in August

The U.S. economy added no jobs in August, the government announced this morning (Sept. 2). Economists had expected a gain ...

Nurses Call For Stock Trading Tax

Labor groups representing nurses, postal workers, machinists, and others converged on Representative Darrell Issa’s Vista office this morning. The crowd, ...

Index Points to Little San Diego Hiring

The San Diego Workforce Index, compiled by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, declined for the second straight month in July. ...

Food Trucks Moving Closer to Oceanside

"If I'm a small business [owner], I'd probably go ballistic over this," said Oceanside city councilmember Jack Feller during last ...

Top Bersin Aide Quits for Consulting Gig

Ex-Nogales Mayor Marco Antonio López Jr. has announced he's quitting his job as second-in-command to U.S. Customs and Border Protection ...

Muslim Group Launches Blood Drive to Honor 9/11 Victims

Today marks the kickoff of the Muslims for Life campaign – an effort by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to donate ...

Planning Group To Discuss New Hillcrest DMV...

On Tuesday, September 6, members of Uptown's planning group will discuss the upcoming development of a new DMV building on ...