News Ticker Entries for December, 2012

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Will Chargers hire coach with L.A. star power?

Media speculate next team coach may have to have L.A. glamor

Yahoosports, quoting "multiple sources with an understanding of the Los Angeles and Chargers situation," says the Chargers — now that ...

Subsidized sports: Arizona asininity

Glendale, Arizona, which financed hockey team, faces higher taxes, layoffs, debt penalties

Bloomberg News reports this week on more woes of Glendale, Arizona, a city of 230,500 west of Phoenix. The city ...

Mexican peso ending year on high note

Peso making progress against U.S. dollar as 2012 ends

The Mexican peso made a strong comeback against the United States dollar after seeing all time lows in June of ...

Best of the worst: bad news San Diego audits of 2012

Largely overlooked audits described waste, danger and overcharges caused by city and federal agencies and UCSD hospital

Audit reports are often the only way for the citizenry to find out about the foibles of their government. But ...

New Year's DUI crackdowns begin, SDPD officer injured by suspected drunk in Santee

Law enforcement was out across the county over the weekend, getting an early start on massive DUI enforcement efforts leading ...

Green eggs, green coal?

Dr. Seuss Enterprises dislikes name of new coal company

According to the publication "Think Progress," a new coal gasification startup may be trampling on a name developed by San ...

Tequila bottle meth bust in Tijuana

Two suspects caught with 83 pounds of meth hidden in liquor bottles

Two suspects were arrested in Tijuana on Thursday, December 27th, after state police discovered a couple transporting approximately 38 kilograms ...

Port pushing forward with decorative lighting for Coronado Bridge

The Port of San Diego is pushing forward with its plan to install decorative lighting along the Coronado Bay Bridge, ...

Top 12 of 2012

Most popular blog entries of the last year

1) Big Screen: Project X Interview: Alexis Knapp by Matthew Lickona 2) News Ticker: Holmes's Father Is Anti-Fraud Scientist by ...

Gang member, sex offender arrested attempting to re-enter country

Both men had previous criminal records, had previously been deported

El Centro area Border Patrol agents are touting the capture of two particularly undesirable foreigners attempting to illegally cross the ...

UCSD ranks 4th in return on investment for public universities

UC San Diego was recently ranked fourth among 850 public universities for potential return on investment, comparing increased earnings expectations ...

After losing millions of dollars, contract for ambulance services finally goes to bid

City Attorney clears City to issue "request for proposal" for ambulance services.

The contract between the City of San Diego and Rural/Metro Corporation, the emergency medical services provider for the City, is ...

Pharmaceutical firm pays to settle kickback charges

San Diego's Victory Pharma to pay $11.4 million to settle charges of paying kickbacks to doctors

The Justice Department announced in Washington today (December 27) that San Diego-based Victory Pharma Inc. has agreed to pay $11.4 ...

David Copley owned Lugosi home

Late publisher bought horror movie star's home last year; it's now on market

Last year, David Copley, former owner of the Union-Tribune, purchased the Hollywood home of Bela Lugosi, the former horror film ...

Crew members of U.S.S. Ronald Reagan sue Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Company

Plaintiffs from San Diego-based ship claim they were lied to about radiation levels while assisting during Fukushima Daiichi disaster

Eight crewmembers of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, home-ported in San Diego, have sued the nation of Japan and its Tokyo ...

Filner's frank talk and Doug Manchester's Navy Complex lobbying plan

Will having outspoken ex-congressman as mayor throw a monkey wrench into city's well-oiled contract lobbying operation in Washington?

Yesterday's blast by San Diego Democratic mayor Bob Filner at president Barack Obama and his former Democratic colleagues in congress ...

San Onofre restart plan hits a snag

The plan to resume power generating activities at the long-idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station hit a snag yesterday, as ...

Producer of the failed horse show, Valitar, slapped with more lawsuits

Mark Remley, Valitar's producer, named in another lawsuit.

Mark Remley's court appearance may soon outnumber the number of performances that his failed horse-human acrobatic show Valitar had at ...

New bike lane on Nimitz in Ocean Beach

A buffered bicycle lane was added over the weekend thanks to BikeSD efforts

Part of Nimitz Boulevard was refurbished with new buffered bike lanes between Oliphant and Evergreen Streets over the weekend. According ...

Tijuana misdemeanor detainees released on Christmas Eve

Over 100 detainees with minor charges were released from detention by order of the mayor

Over 100 detainees were released on Christmas Eve in Tijuana by the order of the mayor, Carlos Bustamante, due to ...

Fore!Ward thinking? City proceeds with expensive overhaul of Balboa Park Golf Course

Despite a $2.5 million operating loss, City is moving forward with new clubhouse and site plan for Balboa Park Golf Course

City officials are calling on architectural consultants to help design a new clubhouse and site plan for the Balboa Park ...

Christmas shooting in Lemon Grove

A La Mesa woman and her ten year-old son escaped injury yesterday after their car was struck by gunfire in ...

San Diego mayor takes to L.A. public radio to blast Obama and Congress

Newly ensconced in city hall, former congressman takes apart the Tea Party, Democrats, and the president, saying half of Congress doesn't believe in science

San Diego mayor Bob Filner - who came in for some tough treatment of his own from San Diego State ...

Housing: SD beats other metro areas

Home values sink in October, but not in San Diego

Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller housing data, released this morning (Dec. 26), show housing values dipping 0.1% for the 20 major metro ...

Instagram sued

SD law firm files suit over new policy, despite backtracking

San Diego's Finkelstein & Krinsk has filed a proposed class action lawsuit in San Francisco against Instagram, which was purchased ...

San Diego super-lobbyists battle behind the scenes for video billboards

New mayor expected to make the final call as big money campaign quietly ramps up for giant animated signs

San Diego, which once pioneered the way for tough sign regulations across the country, can get ready for some really ...

El Cajon man admits to importing, selling fake Nike Air Jordans

This year’s holiday season isn’t turning out so well for Steven Ray Holliday of El Cajon. Shortly after Thanksgiving, the ...

Phone full disclosure

State senate bill would require warning that consumers being ripped off

Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance has introduced Senate Bill 50 that would require pay phone signage warning credit and ...

Flasher in Fallbrook arrested

Man exposed himself to at least five female hikers

San Diego Sheriff’s deputies in Fallbrook have arrested 20 year-old Austin Harper after connecting him to a series of crimes ...

San Marcos DUI checkpoint

Sheriff deputies checked 2,781 overnight, 2 arrests reported

Deputies conducted a drivers’ license and DUI checkpoint in San Marcos last night, into the early morning hours of today, ...

Teachers' union favorite from San Diego gets a top senate education post

Marty Block raked in $4,694,412 in campaign contributions during four year period, independent tally shows

Democrat Marty Block, who bested his GOP rival George Plescia in this fall's battle for the 39th district state senate ...

DUI patrol yields few intoxicated drivers following Poinsettia Bowl

Results are in for the initial DUI “saturation patrol” targeting a Qualcomm Stadium event this holiday season, and at first ...

Baja disappeared persons misrepresented in PGR reports

Only 15 people declared missing in Baja California despite much larger numbers

Statistics recently released by the Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Propuesta Cívica, which allegedly reflect official statistics by the Mexico ...

SD unemployment rate drops

County gains 7,600 jobs in month, 24,600 in year

The county's unemployment rate dropped to 8.3% in November from a revised 8.6% in October, according to the Employment Development ...

Scott Peters tapped to join House Armed Services Committee

Joins local Duncan D. Hunter, projects San Diego will be spared from most of the coming spending cuts

Congressman-elect Scott Peters, who narrowly defeated incumbent Brian Bilbray in last month’s contest for the newly-drawn California 52nd District, has ...

Tourism up in Baja California

Numbers showing positive results overall for the state

Tourism numbers have slowly risen during 2012 for the Mexican state of Baja California, showing a 5% increase over the ...

Sportin' life: how billionaire owners make out

Billionaire-dominated NFL owners have raked in $18.6 billion of taxpayer funds

Bloomberg News has an excellent story today (Dec. 20) noting that since 1992, taxpayers have committed $18.6 billion to National ...

Mayor Filner accused of caving to "NIMBY" concerns. Stops construction on University Ave

Filner stops transit friendly project years after project was approved.

For years planners at the City have been pushing for a more pedestrian, bike, and transit friendly city. During that ...

San Diego wins one

CPUC thumbs down SDGE's attempt to get customers to pay 2007 fire costs

Quick action by irate San Diegans was almost certainly a factor in today's (Dec. 20) decision by the commissioners of ...

Report says downtown bias colors debate over costly new San Diego city hall

San Diego auditors say they can't substantiate claim that most downtown city workers use public transportation

San Diego city auditor Eduardo Luna is out with a report challenging the prevailing wisdom of basing so many city ...

San Diego's Church of Latter Day Saints Temple looks to expand

Church officials propose new 18,000 square foot visitor center on the 7.2 acre site near La Jolla.

Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints visiting San Diego's ornate temple may have a new 18,000 square-foot visitor ...

Outrageous scam by CPUC

Last-second maneuver by regulator may permit SDGE to pick your pocket of $1 billion

I have been reporting on financial fraud for almost 50 years and seldom if ever have I seen a scam ...

Arellano Félix kidnapping kingpin caught

Wanted criminal apprehended after years on the run

The leader of a feared kidnapping ring was arrested after years on the run by Baja state police in Tijuana ...

The 411 on San Diego's 311 "pothole" app

The contract for the one-stop shot smartphone app has expired and the Mayor has not given any word whether he plans to renew it.

San Diego 311, the smartphone app that allows residents to report potholes and graffiti by snapping a picture on their ...

Sports scam

But it's not the owner extortion racket: two indicted for defrauding fans.

The U.S. Attorney's office announced today (Dec. 19) that San Diego twins Anthony and Leopold Casias were arrested yesterday by ...

Disbarred attorney leaves San Diego County

Divorce attorney took money from two clients’ trust accounts

An attorney who admitted taking funds from two trust accounts has failed to make a single restitution payment, and recently ...

Gun seizures, assaults, and rapes escalating at SDSU

Latest monthly San Diego State University police report sheds new light on school's chronic crime problems

As Don Bauder noted here last month, San Diego State University was high on the list of "The 25 Most ...

Homeless man released from custody

Admitted attempted theft near Oceanside pier

A homeless man has been released from custody, after he admitted an attempted theft from a female passerby, near Oceanside ...

Edison grilled by federal regulators over San Onofre restart proposal

Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission grilled Southern California Edison representatives yesterday regarding their plan to restart one of two ...

Recycling robbers escape

Sheriff’s Deputies from the Lemon Grove station are searching for suspects in to the robbery of a recycling center on ...

Home values keep rising

San Diego tops nation in monthly, yearly gains

San Diego area home values rose 1.3% in November, topping the nation's 0.6%, according to Zillow.com figures released this morning ...

Guns for groceries trade offered by Sheriff's Department

No-questions-asked event offers to trade guns for grocery store gift cards this Friday

Looking for a way to get a few extra bucks for groceries this holiday season? Have a gun? The San ...

Mexico increases minimum wage for 2013

Agreement to increase minimum wage made, yet rate is below inflation

The minimum wage commission of Mexico agreed Tuesday, December 18th, to hike the current minimum salaries by 3.9% nationwide. While ...

Like Uncle, Like Nephew. Bob Filner's nephew follows in his footsteps.

Matt Filner, Bob Filner's nephew, makes political waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Mayor Bob Filner has been called a lot of names during his 30-plus years in politics. "He’s abrasive, aggressive, impolitic, ...

Bank robbery suspect arrested in Imperial Beach

Claimed to be armed with a gun and bomb

The Navy Federal Credit Union in the Southland Plaza Shopping Center on Saturn Boulevard in the South Bay area of ...

Revised route for Big Bay Balloon Parade

The 2012 Big Bay Balloon Parade, one of the events leading in to the annual Holiday Bowl, will go forward ...

Happy Holiday Bowl, Bridgepoint!

The Street lists "The 5 Strangest College Bowl Sponsors." One sponsors the Holiday Bowl

Wall Street publication "The Street" looks at the 5 strangest college bowl sponsors. One, of course, is San Diego's highly-controversial ...

Deportation numbers dropping

Number of Mexican nationals deported down 10% in 2012

According to statistics released by the Instituto Nacional de Migración (National Institute of Migration or INM), the number of Mexican ...

San Diego city council to appeal $1.1 million religious school verdict

Costly battle with Catholic high school over its controversial North Park development plans to continue

The San Diego city council has quietly voted to appeal a federal jury's $1.1 million verdict in favor of North ...

Foreclosures continue to fall in San Diego

Total foreclosure inventory in California, including properties in default (the first stage of foreclosure), with trustee sales scheduled (the second ...

Suspicious person going door-to-door in Encinitas

Sheriff advises citizens to beware of fake utility worker

The Sheriff’s department issued a warning this morning stating that a man was seen going door-to-door in Encinitas, pretending to ...

San Onofre restart decision may come in March, repair engineers testing wrong tubes

A decision on whether or not the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will allow Southern California Edison to fire up one ...

Manchester sued over sale of NextWave Wireless

Douglas Manchester and board of directors for NextWave Wireless involved in class-action lawsuit over deal with AT&T

Douglas "Papa Doug" Manchester has become infamous for ignoring the rules. Whether that be violating FCC rules by installing unlicensed ...

Library exposure

"His pants' zipper was unzipped," according to Escondido police.

“I noticed that somebody kept following me,” the pretty 30-year-old Latina testified today. She said she went to the Escondido ...

Cox's everlasting political money machine gears up for 2016

First district county supervisor starts fundraising for 2016, less than seven months after winning easy re-election bid

As noted here back in February of this year, GOP county supervisor Greg Cox has long proved to be a ...

Northern California rapist sought in Baja

Man who was convicted after fleeing is believed to be hiding in the Tijuana area

A Northern California man, who was convicted on rape charges despite recently disappearing, is being sought in Baja California after ...

McGrory to Borrego's rescue?

Former city manager, other SD investors want to buy former Casa del Zorro, but face snags

A group of San Diego and outside investors is attempting to purchase Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa, formerly La Casa ...

Nintendo sued over "annoying" controller rattle

Local lawyer brings federal class action against video game giant for alleged failure to disclose/correct product defects in new "Wii U" gaming system

San Diego lawyer Roy Katriel and his client Joubin Rahimi have launched a class action suit against Nintendo in federal ...

Escapee caught

Inmate who escaped almost 10 years ago recaptured in Ensenada

A highly wanted escaped inmate was recaptured in Ensenada on Monday, December 10th, after being on the run for over ...

Hikers rescued via helicopter

Pair was ill-equipped for weather, conditions

Santee Sheriff’s deputies were called upon to employ a Search and Rescue team along with a department helicopter over the ...

SDGE maneuvering

Group charges utility furtively trying to nail ratepayers with 2007 fire costs

On December 20th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will decide a long-running case in which San Diego Gas & ...

Non-traded REITs -- again

LPL Financial charged with violations by Massachusetts official

According to the Boston Business Journal, San Diego-based LPL Financial has been charged with dishonest business practices by Secretary of ...

Gangster bailed out

Target of Oceanside Police drug-and-gang sweep last October was released

A 24-year-old Oceanside man alleged to be a member of the Posole Locos street gang made bail, two weeks after ...

Former coach in court

Hearing for Oceanside High School PE teacher who admitted sex with student

A former physical education teacher for Oceanside High School was in court this month, requesting unsupervised visits with his 15-year-old ...

Career criminal back to prison

Offered robbery loot to girlfriend in recorded jailhouse phone call

A 36-year-old man who began his criminal career when he was 18 years old has been sent back to prison ...

Sempra inks power deal

Sempra U.S. Gas and Power, a subsidiary of locally-based Sempra Energy, announced yesterday that it has secured agreements with the ...

UC logo "suspended," UCSD chancellor makes big outside bucks

The University of California, beset by controversies all around, still manages to award its executives huge salaries

Besieged on all sides, the University of California decided today to suspend its new logo, a weird wormlike blue and ...

Dumpster diving D.A.'s

District Attorneys statewide announce judgment against Walgreens for illegally dumping hazardous materials, customers' private medical information

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis joined other district attorneys from across the state yesterday in announcing a judgment ...

Copley land still for sale

Copley Press developing land adjoining late Helen Copley's estate

The La Jolla Light reported this week that Copley Press, what's left of the old publishing empire, is still trying ...

Ex-Solyndra lobbyist gave last minute money to Vargas

Former advocate for bankrupt recipient of $535 million federal loan guarantee antes up in South Bay congressional race

Democrat Juan Vargas had an easy time of it in this year's general election bid to replace Bob Filner in ...

Attorney attacked in court

Defense attorney reportedly slashed with razor in front of judge and jury

A criminal defense attorney was slashed across the face with a razor by his own client this morning, about 10:20 ...

ACORN: A tough nut to crack

Darrell Issa (R) committee finds ACORN now operating under a new name.

It turns out ACORN was a tougher nut to crack than previously thought. In a 2010 report from Congressman Darrell ...

High on housing

Potential buyers optimistic about improving values, but modest gains mean a slow climb back to previous highs

Potential home buyers are feeling a bit more optimistic these days, at least according to a California Association of Realtors ...

Wife will go to trial for murder

Judge noticed the husband was shot from behind

A judge said the behavior of a Carlsbad housewife immediately after her husband was shot tended to show consciousness of ...

Walk this way

New bay front path opened from Shelter Island to Harbor Drive

A new promenade providing access for pedestrians and cyclists to Shelter Island in Point Loma was opened to the public ...

Robo-signing settlement

Subsidiary of San Diego's Encore Capital to pay $500,000 to Minnesota

Midland Funding LLC, a subsidiary of San Diego's publicly-traded Encore Capital Group, has agreed to overhaul its collection practices and ...

Big border busts

Large seizures along California-Mexico border over weekend

According to the United States Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP), over $4 million worth of narcotics and currency was ...

SD middle class vanishing

Middle-wage jobs in San Diego depart, and wages drop, more rapidly than in state or nation.

"The rich get richer, the poor get poorer (or stay relatively the same), and the middle is disappearing," is how ...

Back to seeking ban

Activist once again seeking ballot initiative that would effectively halt nuclear power in California

Santa Cruz resident Ben Davis Jr., who was behind a failed initiative that would have effectively shuttered California’s two nuclear ...

EPN visits

Mexico’s president visiting Tijuana Wednesday

Mexico’s newly elected president, Enrique Peña Nieto (commonly referred to as EPN), will be visiting Tijuana today, December 12th. EPN ...

Oligarch at sea

Mega-yacht owned by controversial Russian billionaire ties up at the B Stret Pier

San Diegans who want to see how a Russian oligarch and one of Vladimir Putin's friends lives don't have to ...

Stubborn as a mule

Valitar producer Mark Remley slapped with another lawsuit for unpaid production expenses.

Mark Remley, the producer of the failed horse acrobatics show Valitar, is "missing in action" says a spokesperson at the ...

Prison riot

Imperial Valley facility on restricted access after weekend riots send nine to area hospitals

California State Prison officials are investigating a riot that broke out over the weekend at the Calipatria State Prison in ...

LA Times for sale

Manchester, OC Register owner interested, says Reuters

Reuters is reporting tonight (Dec. 11) that U-T owner "Papa Doug" Manchester and Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner are ...

UCAN raising funds

Troubled Utility Consumers' Action Network resumes fundraising, discusses lack of funds

Utility Consumers' Action Network, the watchdog that is under investigation of more than one governmental agency, will be sending out ...

Mother-in-law testifies

Carlsbad woman is accused of shooting husband while children played downstairs

The mother-in-law of a woman accused of murdering her husband, was in the witness box more than two hours today, ...

Will Filner cotton to Chicago moneyman's cash pitch?

Wall Street lobbyist hits up San Diego city hall for private equity cash just before liberal Democrat takes control

It may not seem exactly a marriage made in heaven for new Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, but a big New ...

Unwinding

How is the alleged smuggling plot of Saadi Gaddafi linked to the recent airplane crash that killed Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera?

A plane that crashed on its way to Toluca Mexico killing Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and six other people is ...

Out of reach

Nuclear Regulatory Committee schedules next meeting on San Onofre restart in Maryland venue

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has called another meeting to discuss Southern California Edison’s plans to resume power generating activity at ...

MX stock surge

Mexico seeing record highs in stock market

Mexico’s benchmark IPC index, which contains the nation’s leading 35 stocks, hit a record high by the end of trading ...

Ready or not

Police busts Point Loma medical marijuana dispensary before they are officially open for business

Yesterday afternoon, medical marijuana advocates took to Twitter and Instagram alerting people to a raid on the Greenworks San Diego ...

Less-lethal force?

Group questions decision by Sheriff's deputies to kill dog while serving warrant

A local animal rights group is questioning the shooting of a pit bull mix in Ramona earlier this month by ...

Meet the new bosses...

County Republican Party returns cast of familiar faces for 2014 election effort

The Republican Party of San Diego County has just announced their leadership team for the 2014 election cycle, which remarkably ...

Foreclosure ends

Rancho Santa Fe spread owned by U-T's John Lynch went into foreclosure and quickly out. He is living there.

On December 4, a home at 6311 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe, went into foreclosure. Owner John Lynch, chief executive ...

Circus murder

TJ singer and lion tamer shot to death in trailer

A Tijuana circus entertainer and singer was killed in his trailer Sunday evening, December 9th, after gunmen burst into his ...

Waiting for an update

City extends timeline for completion of community plan update in Uptown

As Tom Petty once sang; "The waiting is the hardest part." For the residents living in Uptown communities of Hillcrest, ...

Drunken decoys

Plainclothes officers simulating intoxication able to purchase booze more than half the time

Alcohol Beverage Control agents and Sheriff’s deputies spent Saturday afternoon conducting a “drunk decoy” operation, in which they sprayed an ...

Report: UCSD's troubled cancer center deal collapses

Operation trumpeted a year ago as "a partnership between California and Nevada in offering lifesaving cancer care" may be near death

A plan to allow the UCSD Health System to partially exit its $18 million investment in the Nevada Cancer Institute ...

Telcel makes way into U.S.

Carlos Slim continues to slide into U.S. mobile market by offering new plan by Telcel

Mexico’s leading wireless provider, Telcel, has began offering a $60 a month unlimited plan in the United States which will ...

Norv Turner's $1.2 million beach pad

Reportedly soon to be fired Chargers coach purchased well-appointed South Mission Beach unit in April

Chargers head coach Norv Turner apparently has more confidence in San Diego real estate than the team-owning Spanos family ended ...

People vs. Parking Garage

Another lawsuit filed against financing plan for parking garage behind Organ Pavilion.

San Diegans for Open Government, the government watchdog group, is not backing down from a fight over a new four-story ...

Nursing battle to court

Muscular dystrophy patient files lawsuit seeking continued funding for in-home care

Lawyers for Pablo Carranza, the 21 year-old younger brother of Raul Carranza, who the Reader profiled last March, announced this ...

Coyote hunts and Burning Man showers up for fair board backing

Pitch for funds by tiny Northern California "sister fair" also includes squirrel and bird hunts, plus "eccentric items"

Modoc County is about as far away as you can get from San Diego and still be in California, 744 ...

Looking for singles?

Lowest male marriage rate in Imperial Beach, says Census

The United States Census Bureau yesterday (Dec. 6) released 2007-2011 neighborhood data from its American Community Survey. Some high and ...

Cops will be watching

List of upcoming anti-DUI activities announced, including post-football crackdowns

Law enforcement groups around San Diego have announced a schedule of DUI crackdown efforts they’ll be engaging in over the ...

Unemployment rate falls

U.S. adds 146,000 jobs in November, brushing off Hurricane Sandy

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 7.9% to 7.7% in November, the lowest level since December of 2008, according to ...

New Peters chief of staff from Pennsylvania

Democratic congressman-elect hires chief of staff of Pennsylvania congressman defeated in April primary

Ex-San Diego city councilman Scott Peters, who narrowly beat out G.O.P. incumbent Brian Bilbray for California's newly formed 52nd district, ...

Non-permitted non-profits

Non-profit fights a city proposal to do away with exemptions for entertainment permits for not for profit organizations.

The San Diego Police Department hopes to raise some extra cash by eliminating the exemption that allows non-profit organizations to ...

Water recyclers

East County water district seeks scientists to implement and monitor water nutrient program

The Padre Dam Municipal Water District announced yesterday that it is seeking bids from environmental contractors to develop a plan ...

Valitar-promoter threw haymaker at horse trainer

Mark Remley, promoter of Valitar, was accused of assaulting horse trainer for having an extra-marital affair with his wife

Mark Remley, the promoter of the failed human-horse acrobatics show Valitar, is reported to have left the cast and crew ...

Out with the old...

Chula Vista's newly sworn in council member, Mary Salas, anxious to repeal ordinance

At a December 4 Chula Vista council meeting, incumbent Pamela Bensoussan and Mary Salas were sworn in. A short time ...

Murders down

Mexico seeing its first drop in drug war murders since 2006

Mexico is on pace to see a drop in drug war related murders for the first time since the campaign ...

33 Shots fired

Three CHP officers shot 33 bullets at El Cajon man following pursuit and crash, incident may have been 'suicide by cop'

Anthony Osorio, a 27 year-old resident of the unincorporated El Cajon community of Crest shot and killed by California Highway ...

Scathing report on U-T San Diego

U-T a "corporate shill," says respected media publication

"The Fall of the San Diego Union-Tribune" is the headline in a story today (Dec. 6) in the publication Media ...

Gonzalez seeks Assembly seat

Labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, the figurehead of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, last night announced her intention ...

Courtroom revelation

Repeat felon admitted meth problem to the judge

The man blurted out to the judge that he just realized he is “an addict” and wanted to plead guilty ...

Tickets save lives - Part 2

The La Mesa Police Department is once again comparing the issuing of tickets to directly saving the lives of the ...

Pat's Corner issued 30-day notice

The staple North Park antique and collectible shop falls to "hipsters" and "gentrification"

"It's a mom and pop operation with just mom," says Pat (last name withheld) of North Park antique and collectible ...

Fugitive nabbed

U.S. criminal on the run arrested by Baja state police

A wanted United States fugitive was apprehended in Tijuana earlier this week after a request by the ATF law enforcement ...

Fabiani and Filner’s Knife Fight?

Rob Lowe flick offers new juice to political battle over Chargers prospective move to Los Angeles

As speculation mounts over how new mayor Bob Filner will handle the billionaire Spanos family's push for a taxpayer-subsidized Chargers ...

Nuclear warfare

Nuclear backers, opponents present opposing ideas on San Onofre

The World Resources Simulation Center played host Tuesday evening to an open forum: “Green Scene – the Costs and Benefits ...

Judge rebukes SANDAG plan

Regional transportation plan for 2050 will have to be changed

Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled Monday (Dec. 3) that the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan of the San Diego Association ...

Drone purchase cutback?

Publication reports that government won't purchase 14 more Predator drones

The publication Homeland Security Today reported today (Dec. 4) that a highly-placed source says the U.S. Customs and Border Protection ...

Jury selection

Kansas City man accused of robbing homeowner in Vista of marijuana and cash

Jury selection has begun for a Kansas City man accused of stealing three pounds of marijuana at gunpoint, more than ...

Case delayed again

Trial for man in 5-year-old cop shooting was moved from this month to February 2013

The trial date for a man charged with murder after cops reportedly shot and killed the female passenger in his ...

Call to overturn Supreme Court

City Council asks for Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

The San Diego City Council voted 8 to 0 today (Dec. 4) to ask Congress to get the ball rolling ...

When a $900 campaign contribution ends up costing $10,000

Supporter of Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda fined for illegal contributions

Some serious cash has been thrown down during this past election cycle. For one Chula Vista resident, her $900 in ...

Questionable closure

Briny Brine Percent tell Oysterbamacare to shuck off

Photo: Guido, Creative Commons, via Wikimedia Commons Prices may be on the rise for a popular briney bivalve following a ...

Del Mar mayor hit with $1500 penalty

California Fair Political Practices Commission levies fine against former county supervisor candidate for campaign reporting violation

Carl Hilliard likes to watch the ponies at Del Mar. He even has a few of his own. But his ...

Loan modification scam

Head of fraudulent mortgage mending operation gets 92 months.

Gary Bobel, founder and head of Oceanside's 1st American Law Center, a mortgage modification telemarketing ring, was sentenced today (Dec. ...

Smashed in the face

La Mesa woman cleared to sue police officer for 4th Amendment violation, excessive force

La Mesa resident Drendolyn Sims has the right to sue La Mesa Police officer Mike Stanton over injuries suffered as ...

Predator maker's radioactive soil contamination level remains unknown

Stealthy cold war "TRIGA" reactor disassembly and storage on General Atomics Torrey Pines campus audited by Nuclear Regulatory Commission

These days, San Diego-based General Atomics is most famous for its Predator drones, deployed in theatres of war around the ...

Cash block

City council considers resolution calling for Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

San Diego’s city council is set to vote this afternoon on a resolution calling on the federal government to consider ...

Corrupt business as usual?

Filner says Chargers will stay, convention center will be expanded

Incoming Mayor Robert Filner gave his inaugural speech today at the Balboa Club. According to sources who were there, Filner ...

Reneging on refunds

Another deadline looms for Greater Golden Hill residents to receive refunds

The clock is ticking for the residents of Golden Hill and South Park to receive refunds for the illegally-formed maintenance ...

Bike giveaway

Employees of defense firm give bicycles to children of service members

The San Diego offices of international defense contractor BAE Systems announced over the weekend that employee contributions over the last ...

Dumanis plea for post-election campaign cash

Report shows $50,000 in personal loans as fundraising hangover from costliest San Diego mayor's race in history continues after the election

As first reported here, Democratic mayor-elect Bob Filner is staging a fundraising bash at the Mission Bay Hyatt this coming ...

Overshadowed

No conclusions from San Onofre safety meeting, but monks protest, radioactive material left near street, unions grumble, FBI investigates

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting to discuss the future of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating station went forward last Friday ...

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SD company close to purchasing $800 million portfolio of Sacto developer

According to the Sacramento Bee, Westcore Properties of San Diego is down to short shakes in purchasing most of the ...

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