News Ticker Entries for April, 2012

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Local Workforce Index Drops

The workforce index compiled by the San Diego Workforce Partnership dropped to 83.98, in January, down from 86.26 in November, ...

Telemarketer Indicted in Mortgage Scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted telemarketer Jose Ruiz for mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and other alleged offenses. ...

Wrongful Death Suit Fingering Sheriff Deputy, CHP Will Proceed

Jennifer Medina’s wrongful death suit against a San Diego Sheriff deputy and California Highway Patrol officers will be allowed to ...

Uptown Planners to Discuss Transitional Housing Facility for Combat Veterans

Battle lines have been drawn in Old Town over a proposal to build a transitional housing facility for combat veterans ...

Non-Partisan Political Action Committee with a Partisan History to Host Dumanis Fundraiser

San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, seeking to become San Diego mayor, has labeled the mid-campaign switch from the ...

Trial Begins For 8 Arrested in Protest for Same Sex Marriage Rights

Jury selection began this morning for the trial of eight gay rights activists who were arrested in 2010 for blocking ...

Imperial County Officials Tour Solar Farm Site

A host of Imperial County officials and neighbors of a planned solar farm got to tour the development site west ...

Gen-Probe Agrees to be Bought; Stock Soars

Stock of biotech Gen-Probe is up 18.8% to above $81.68 this morning (April 30) as the company agreed to be ...

Finding the Fabled Nessy Burger

A much-loved burger place in North County San Diego may open again as soon as tomorrow morning, according to a ...

Filner Sets Fundraiser at Oceanview Mansion of Once Imprisoned La Jolla Lawyer

San Diego Congressman Bob Filner, the lone Democrat in the race for San Diego mayor, is staging a fundraiser at ...

Sempra Chief Exec Dumps Almost $1 Million of Stock

Debra Reed, who was named chief executive officer of Sempra Energy on June 27 of last year, on April 24 ...

Firm of "Movement to the Middle" Leader Seeks Favors at City Hall

On Wednesday, Scott Dickey, president of the Competitor Group, led a news conference at the Registrar of Voters office in ...

Television Stations Now Required to Post Political Ad Files Online

For the past few weeks I have been visiting television stations and cable providers and asking to view political ad ...

New State Law Could Affect Prop A

California Senate Bill 829, which denies state funding to any municipality which has enacted a ban on project labor agreements, ...

Tom Blair Laid Off by UT

Tom Blair, longtime columnist in San Diego, has been laid off by the UT. He has told friends by email ...

Business Group Announces Prop B Opposition

The Greater San Diego Business Association, which bills itself as “the second largest lesbian, gay and supportive [chamber of commerce] ...

SDG&E Lobbyist Goes Independent While Parent Sempra Gives Big to Democrats

Mitch Mitchell, governmental affairs vice president at San Diego Gas & Electric, may have proclaimed his political independence, but his ...

Californians Want School Funding Without Sales Tax Hike

The Public Policy Institute of California has just released a statewide survey gauging the opinions of Californians on public education ...

As Immigration Slows, ICE Orders Reviews

A study recently conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center claims that the number of immigrants coming from Mexico have drastically ...

Dueling DeMaio Ads: Both Carl DeMaio and Anti-DeMaio Group Buying TV Time

It's official, Councilmember Carl DeMaio's ad campaign has begun. One day after unveiling his new ad on FOX, DeMaio has ...

Grantville Group Protests Phony Projects City Wants to Complete

The Grantville Action Group has challenged various redevelopment projects that the City claims should go forward, even with the abolition ...

Appointment Trend Continues In Chula Vista Elementary

On Tuesday night the Chula Vista Elementary School District swore in new trustee Glendora Tremper. According to the Union-Tribune article ...

Southwestern College, Ashford University Ink Transfer Deal

Ashford University, the for-profit college based in Iowa but offering mostly online courses, has reached articulation agreements with 11 community ...

San Diego Execs Meet Nathan Fletcher In The Middle

San Diego's version of a Super PAC has hit the middle ground and is running. Today, a group of successful ...

City College to End Parking Grace Periods

The cash-strapped San Diego Community College District has announced plans to do away with a two week grace period at ...

Jerry Sanders for Romney's Veep?

Examiner.com has come up with a suggestion that will astonish knowledgeable San Diegans: retiring Mayor Jerry Sanders could be on ...

GOP's Wyland and Independent Fletcher Get Big Tobacco Money

Mark Wyland, the Republican state senator from North County who will be termed out of office in two years, is ...

Camp Pendleton Event Brings Nature to Military Kids

This Saturday Camp Pendleton is expected to play host to as many as 5,000 from military and veteran families for ...

Trial Begins For Husband Accused of Bombing Wife

In an odd twist, a prosecutor spent some minutes demonstrating for jurors how to create a pipe bomb, during his ...

Port Wants Economic Study of Tidelands

The San Diego Unified Port District has sent a request for proposals for a major economic study of port property. ...

Hoteliers Vote for Convention Center Expansion

More than 92% of San Diego hoteliers have voted in favor of a room tax that would pay for much ...

Carl DeMaio Launches Television Ad Campaign

Today, appearing on Fox5, Carl DeMaio premiered his new television ad, which features him leading a group of supporters while ...

Strange Political Bedfellows: Brian Maienschein and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

What does GOP Assembly hopeful and ex-San Diego city councilman Brian Maienschein have in common with Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm ...

Filner Talks About His Alternative to Prop B

Bob Filner, the lone Democratic candidate in San Diego’s mayoral race, sat last week with progressive local news website OB ...

Housing Market May Stay Weak for a Generation

Housing values may take a generation or more to rebound, Yale economics Prof. Robert Shiller told Reuters Insider today (April ...

San Onofre Operator Developing Plans to Bring Nuclear Reactors Back Online

Officials at Southern California Edison, operators of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, say they’re close to completing tests ...

Big Tobacco Spends Big On Ads Against Tobacco Tax

If you haven't yet seen a commercial featuring a doctor dressed in doctor's garb urging you to vote 'no' on ...

Wind Farm Developer Pledges $3M To Community Improvement

Pattern Energy, which is seeking to build a 112 turbine wind energy farm near Ocotillo just east of the Laguna ...

Romney's New Media Aide Had Rocky Road in San Diego

Ric Grenell, newly announced media aide to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has apparently already violated one of the ...

Group Uses Faulty Numbers to Tie Immigration to Global Warming

Californians for Population Stabilization, a group that says it “works to formulate and advance policies and programs designed to stabilize ...

Amylin Seeking Buyer

Biotech Amylin Pharmaceuticals is seeking a buyer, news services are reporting. In February, the company quietly rejected a $22 a ...

A Better San Diego Forum Attacks Props A, B

A Better San Diego held the latest installment in its monthly series of community forums Friday morning. The organization, backed ...

Electrical Fire at San Onofre

A fire broke out at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations’ Unit 2 reactor this afternoon, the North County Times is ...

Politicians, Community Leaders Speak Out Against Walmart in Sherman Heights

A crowd of Sherman Heights residents gathered this morning in front of the historic Farmers Market building on Imperial Avenue ...

Rubio's Warns Shareholders Their Social Security Numbers Were Stolen

Rubio's, the well-known Mexican fast food chain based in Carlsbad, says that a computer disk containing personal information on individuals, ...

County Unemployment Rises in March

The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 9.5% in March -- up from 9.4% in February but down from ...

City to Implement "Pay First, Litigate Later" on Disputed Tax Assessments?

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith wants to "place the City in a more defensible posture" against those looking for refunds on ...

SDGE Smart Meter Opt-Out Plan Approved

The California Public Utilities Commission today (April 19) approved a plan permitting San Diego Gas & Electric customers to opt ...

US Representative Denouncing Student Debt Receives Campaign Cash From For-Profit Colleges

Representative Virginia Foxx (R, NC) is drawing criticism for comments made on a radio broadcast condemning college students who graduate ...

Study - California Lacking Transparency in Child Deaths

The Children’s Advocacy Institute, operating out of University of San Diego’s School of Law, has released the second edition of ...

San Onofre Leads Nation in Substantiated Safety Claims

Not only did San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station generate far more safety complaints from workers and contractors than any other ...

Lawyer, Mother Convicted in Mortgage Scam

Orange County attorney Stephen K. Chrysler, owner and chief executive of Carlsbad's SKC Real Estate, and his mother, Carlsbad real ...

Nathan Fletcher To Run 950 Ads on Cox and Time Warner Cable

With a little over a month until the primary election, two of the four mayoral candidates are beginning to reveal ...

Marine Described as "Person Of Interest" in Homicide

Louis Ray Perez, 45, was described as a “person of interest” in an on-going murder investigation by a prosecutor in ...

Bonnie Dumanis Wages War for Women's Vote

As national media outlets continue to report on the "war on women", one San Diego candidate for mayor has waged ...

Qualcomm Earnings Jump; Stock Plunges on Guidance

Qualcomm stock has plunged 4.49% to $62.64 in after-hours trading today (April 18) after the company reported strong quarterly sales ...

Canadian Firm Exploring Ballot Battle for New Power Plant Here

In a move that will no doubt please local political consultants and broadcasters, a power giant from Edmonton, Canada is ...

Local Firm Takes Marijuana Sodas, Snacks National

Locally based Medical Marijuana Inc. is announcing another acquisition, this time of named and established brand. The company announced yesterday ...

Reader Columnist W.S. Di Piero Wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/17/23073/ W.S. Di Piero writes a fine column on the visual arts for the Reader, but that's just a sideline. ...

Sempra Partners with Mitsubishi on Natural Gas Facility

San Diego-based Sempra Energy has announced it will partner with the Mitsubishi Corporation and its Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to ...

Former Attorney Back in Jail

Former Carlsbad attorney Michael Theodore Pines, 60, was taken back into custody last month, according to online records of the ...

Native Americans Sue UCSD Over Human Remains

A consortium of 12 San Diego Native American tribes has filed suit against the University of California, alleging that officials, ...

March Housing Numbers: Sales Down, Values Up

The California Association of Realtors has released March sales figures, reporting that overall volume is down but prices have shown ...

Federal Police Depart Tijuana After Short Stay

200 Mexican Federal Police agents, who arrived in Tijuana last week, abruptly departed the city at noon today, April 16th. ...

This Ponzi Scheme Promised 5% to 8% a Month

Steven Bartko was sentenced today (April 16) to two years in prison for still another San Diego special: a Ponzi ...

Happiness Guru Tony Robbins Bemoans Deficits

San Diego motivational speaker Tony Robbins, who teaches people how to overcome fears, continues to generate fears about the state ...

Copley Foundation's Donation to New Downtown Library: $666,666

Her old GOP friend, former First Lady Nancy Reagan - famous for her fear of the triple six - might ...

Car Key Allegedly Stolen From Woman’s Bra

A Vista woman said her roommate took her car key out of her bra on February 28 to steal the ...

Mexican Mafia Said to Urge Campaign Against Blacks

The Mexican Mafia has put the word out for Hispanic street gangs to stop battling each other, to “focus on ...

Bonnie Dumanis Prepares to Launch Television Ad Campaign

With only a little over a month and a half before the June 5 primary, San Diego voters will begin ...

Weekend Local Politics Update

The weekend’s goings-on in local politics include criticism of Roger Hedgecock’s fundraising efforts for Carl DeMaio, ill will directed at ...

Nathan Fletcher Buys Flurry of Local TV Ads

When looking at Nathan Fletcher's run for mayor, one has to wonder if this was all part of a master ...

Mayoral Campaign of Newly Independent Nathan Fletcher Gives $5,000 To GOP, Filing Says

The campaign fund of San Diego mayoral candidate and state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who last month left the Republican Party ...

Two Arsonists Make Plea Deal

Two young men avoided possible life sentences in a plea deal today, April 13, when they admitted setting a fire ...

Fired Lifeguard Won't Get Second Chance to Sue City

Former lifeguard James Murphy has lost his bid for a new trial in a case previously decided against him in ...

Police Officers Face Risk of "Blue on Blue" Violence

Police officers need to become more attuned to a rarely considered threat: their fellow officers, says an editorial on PoliceOne, ...

More Danger Signs From San Onofre's "Other" Reactor

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison announced today that more damaged tubes in its steam generators have ...

Southwestern College Seeks Redress from Contractors

In a closed session meeting April 11, Southwestern College trustees voted unanimously to begin litigation against BCA (Bunton Clifford Associates) ...

Is SDGE Lying?

The Division of Ratepayer Advocates, which as a body within the California Public Utilities Commission represents the interests of utility ...

Nude Dancing Magnate Loses Round Against San Diego Vice

William McClelland, operator of Ten's Show Club, a nude dancing emporium on the corner of Ohio Street and El Cajon ...

Help Wanted Ads Used by Drug Smugglers

Drug smugglers have discovered a new tactic for getting their wares across the border – via unsuspecting couriers responding to ...

Promoter Sues Over Nonpayment for Tijuana Boxing Match

Boxing promoters Bad Boyz, Inc., of Galveston TX, have sued KO1 Entertainment LLC, Grupo Televisa, and Tijuana resident Erik Morales, ...

Bridgepoint Exploiting Military, Says Senator

Sen. Tom Harkin, chair of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, released figures today (April 12) showing how ...

Is Sweetwater Climbing Out of the Muck and Mire?

At last night's board meeting, Fran Brinkman, one of the five community activists who took the Sweetwater corruption concerns to ...

Jury: Vista Man Guilty of Rape

Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 34, was declared guilty of rape and false imprisonment and sexual battery by restraint at the end ...

Community Groups, Unions Send Wal-Mart Letter Outlining Requests

A handful of community and labor groups have penned an open letter to Walmart concerning the company’s announced intention to ...

Sacramento Bee Blasts Vargas for Narcotics Agents' Bill

The many alleged conflicts of interest of Democratic state Sen. Juan Vargas — running for the congressional seat currently held ...

City Ethics Commission to Consider Political Party Spending Limits in Local Elections

The City of San Diego Ethics Commission will consider a report from UC San Diego political science associate professor Thad ...

Raids Net Over a Ton of Drugs, Plane, & Arrests

Mexican authorities scored drugs, arrests, and a small aircraft in the Tijuana and Mexicali municipalities on Monday, April 9. Separate ...

"Invisible Children" May Have Spied For Ugandan Government

A government cable published by WikiLeaks shows that San Diego-based nonprofit Invisible Children, whose video about Lord's Resistance Army warlord ...

Fat City Hotel Proposal to Be Heard Tomorrow at CCDC Committee Meeting

Fat City is back and bigger than ever. The developer of land across the street from Solar Turbines manufacturing plant ...

Mayor's Aide, Noted for Stonewalling, Explains Practices to National Public Radio

Darren Pudgil, longtime public relations aide and defacto gatekeeper for San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, is quoted today by National ...

Metropolitan Water to Vote on Rate Hikes Today

The Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is set to vote today on a series of rate hikes ...

Hedgecock Stumps for DeMaio, Peters Touts Endorsements

Yesterday’s local political news finds a former mayor stumping for a present day candidate and a congressional hopeful picking up ...

Committee To Discuss Lease Agreement With Carlton Oaks Golf Course

For a number of years, TY Investment, owner of Carlton Oaks Golf Course in Eastern San Diego, has wanted to ...

Raider Icahn Sues Biotech Amylin

Billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn, who owns 8.94% of local biotech Amylin Pharmaceuticals, sued Amylin today (April 9) in Delaware ...

Will Ex-NBA Star's Arrival Here Further Disrupt San Diego's GOP?

As if San Diego Republican politics aren't filled with enough intrigue in the wake of the departure from the party ...

Weekend DUI/License Check Nets 2 Arrests, 11 Impounds

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department conducted another “Drunk Driving/License” checkpoint over the weekend, this time in Vista. A total of ...

Another Jewel of the Copley Press is on the Block; Price: $10 million

From the 1950s until his death in 1973, San Diego's Jim Copley was a legendary Republican kingmaker. Having wrested his ...

Hunter Pushing for Change in Unemployment Calculation

Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R) of San Diego’s East County is pushing for a bill that would drastically change the ...

Qualcomm's Jacobs Raked in $21.7 Million Last Year

Paul E. Jacobs, chief executive of Qualcomm, was among the 50 highest-paid chief executive officers (CEOs) last year, according to ...

Tijuana Police Seize Over 1 Ton of Marijuana

The Tijuana Municipal Police seized over 1 ton of marijuana from empty residences during raids late in the week. Both ...

San Onofre Faces More Challenges on Multiple Fronts

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2012/apr/06/22370/ Opponents of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County are making noise on multiple fronts. ...

Four Years Sentence for Fatal Hit-And-Run

John Francis Sudac Jr. was sentenced to four years and eight months today for vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing death, ...

Juror Excused From Rape Trial Deliberations

“Am I willing to deliberate any further on this case?” the male juror asked for clarification. “Right,” said Superior Court ...

Department of Child Support Services Loses Private Records During Disaster Preparedness Excercise

The California Department of Child Support Services, which regulates the collection and payment of child support services, has begun distributing ...

Big Snuff Makes Big TV Buys Here; Burnham Backs the Other Side

America's two biggest tobacco companies are spending big bucks to beat Proposition 29, the "Tobacco Tax for Cancer Research Act" ...

City Council Expected to Dissolve Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District

What will Golden Hill and South Park residents do with all their extra time, now that the fight over the ...

DeMaio Challenges Filner to Pension Debate

Carl DeMaio has challenged Bob Filner to a “Lincoln-Douglas style debate on pension reform,” according to a San Diego Daily ...

Hundreds of Residents Speak Out Against SDG&E Proposal

More than 600 people converged on the Al Bahr Shriners Center in Kearny Mesa yesterday in opposition to a proposal ...

Bradley Manning Supporter Sues Government Officials

Bradley Manning Support Network co-founder David House has been cleared by a federal judge to continue with a lawsuit he’s ...

Jobs Growth Sharply Lower Than Expectations

The United States economy added only 120,000 nonfarm jobs in March, half of the 240,000 added in February, and down ...

From San Diego to the White House Lawn: Alleged Gaddafi Smuggling Plot

In an April 2 press conference on the White House lawn in Washington, Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, praised the co-operation ...

San Diego City Council Members Chow Down, Stock Up on Local Equities

Annual statements of personal economic interests of the San Diego city council and Mayor Jerry Sanders, covering calendar year 2011, ...

Doug Manchester: A New Breed of Newspaper Owners

Doug Manchester a trendsetter? That what some media experts are saying after New Jersey insurance executive and democratic powerbroker, George ...

Peters Brings Congressional Campaign to Ocean Beach

Scott Peters, fresh off picking up an endorsement from the 60,000-strong Laborers’ International Union of North America’s California chapter, appeared ...

Wealthier Counties Are Healthier Counties

The healthiest counties across the state, as well as nationwide, also tend to be the wealthiest, according to a new ...

Mitt Romney's Son: Dad's La Jolla House Is "Pretty Small"

Another day and another quote about Mitt Romney's wealth has surfaced. Today, progressive commentary website, AMERICAblog, run by former Economist ...

Nathan Fletcher Still Raising Corporate Cash in State Political Fund

Running for mayor in San Diego as a newly self-proclaimed independent, California state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican, continues ...

Fight Over Old Town Transitional Housing Facility For Combat Veterans Continues

Residents of Old Town, veterans, and parents with young children, more than 50 in all, converged on the Joyce Beers ...

Local Firm Purchases Rights to Patented Cannabis Ingestion Method

San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Inc. is announcing that it has inked a deal with an unnamed European pharmaceutical company for ...

Port Offers Sponsorship to Business Generators

The Port of San Diego is seeking applications for sponsorship in two venues beneficial to the Port via Revenue and ...

Oceanside Teen, 16, Accused of Shooting Other, 17

A 16-year-old boy was inside rival gang-territory in Oceanside, marking walls there with his own gang’s graffiti, when he abruptly ...

Following Fatal Hit and Run, Cyclists Gather for Improved Infrastructure

When 29-year-old cyclist David Ortiz was struck by an SUV and then run over by two sedans on the eastbound ...

TV Ads Debut Targeting San Onofre

A coalition of environmental groups, with financial backing from Friends of the Earth, has launched an ad campaign calling for ...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Doug Manchester

Ever since he bought the San Diego Union-Tribune, it seems that the Internet can't get enough of Douglas Manchester, La ...

Military Officials to Speak on Marine Troop Drawdowns

Manpower officials with the United States Marine Corps are launching a worldwide tour today to explain to troops plans by ...

Millions From Seizure to be Shared by Mexican Government

Over 15 million in cash, which was seized in Tijuana, will be distributed among Mexican government offices to be used ...

Benjamin 4th Arellano Félix Brother to Receive Prison Time

Benjamin Arellano Félix, the former leader of the Tijuana Cartel, received a 25-year prison sentence today in federal court in ...

Disabilities Act Lawyer Suspended Temporarily

Attorney Theodore Arthur Pinnock, who has filed more than 2,000 lawsuits against San Diego County businesses for violations of the ...

UCAN Board Members Claimed Under Oath Group Has No Members

Phillip Moskal, a former employee of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) and a long-time member, filed a complaint with the ...

National Organization for Marriage's Records Unsealed

The National Organization for Marriage, a group first sprouted in 2007 and rising to prominence through its funding of California’s ...

Lance Malone, Imprisoned in Strip Club Bribery Case, Opens Las Vegas Pizza Joint

Lance Malone, ex-Las Vegas cop, county commissioner, and bagman for Cheetahs strip club operator Mike Gagliardi, is out of prison ...

Mexican Authorities Seek Help Locating Boy's Missing Parents

The California Department of Justice has joined the search for the family of Michael Anthony Perez Hernandez, a 5 year-old ...

Meeting on Downtown Property and Business Improvement District Postponed...Again

What's another couple of months when three years have already passed? That's what some downtown residents must be thinking after ...

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