News Ticker Entries for February, 2012

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Big Money Landed in UCAN Misspelled Accounts

Watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network says it will initiate a court-supervised dissolution. This announcement followed immediately on the organization's receipt ...

County Proceeds With Effort To Streamline Planning Process

In an effort to expedite the planning process, County Supervisors are moving forward with recommendations from the Red Tape Reduction ...

Tijuana Police Respond to Concerned Residents

The Tijuana Municipal Police responded to concerns from residents of Valle de Las Palmas by arresting five suspects overnight. Municipal ...

Community Groups Make City Budget Recommendations

The Community Budget Alliance, a coalition consisting of environmental, faith-based, labor, and community groups, has announced a list of priorities ...

UCSD Hospital Overcharged Medicare, Federal Audit Finds

Auditors for the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services have found that the UCSD ...

Poll Finds Increased Support For Same-Sex Marriage

More and more Californians support gay marriage, finds the latest Field Poll. According to the poll, 59 percent of registered ...

Abortion Bill Draws Mixed Reactions

California State Senator Christine Kehoe of San Diego introduced a bill last Friday that would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, ...

UCAN to Undergo Court-Supervised Reorganization

Beleaguered Utility Consumers' Action Network, the watchdog nonprofit with myriad legal problems, today (Feb. 28) posted on its website an ...

New Signage for Shelter Island

After a long wait, Shelter Island is finally getting its own entryway monument. On Friday, City Council President Pro Tem ...

Sempra Still Says It's "Probable" It Will Jab Customers

Sempra Energy came out with its annual report or 10-K statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today (Feb. ...

Taxi Driver Executed in Rosarito

A taxi driver was executed in Rosarito Monday afternoon by an unidentified gunman. The driver apparently left his car to ...

Is $3000-$6000 Per Year Too Much for Veteran Parking Exemption?

Tonight, the Community Planning Committee-- comprised of members from planning groups around the City, will discuss a proposal to grant ...

Lightner, Chamber of Commerce Push City Website Upgrade

City Councilmember Sherri Lightner is spearheading a push by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to bring the City ...

Bob Filner Endorses Medicinal Marijuana Tax Initiative

Congressman Bob Filner is the first mayoral candidate to endorse San Diego’s Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation and Taxation initiative. In ...

Assemblyman Ben Hueso Not Giving Up Proposal For A State Bank

Assemblyman Ben Hueso isn't backing away from his plan to create a state bank. Hueso believes a state-run Investment Bank ...

SD Home Values Down 40% from Peak

San Diego home values dropped 0.7% from November to December, according to Case-Shiller/Standard & Poor's data released this morning (Feb. ...

Tijuana Mayor Receives Warning Letter from Residents

The mayor of Tijuana, Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, was delivered a warning letter from the residents of Valle de Las Palmas ...

Ten Nabbed for Providing Alcohol to Minors

San Diego Sheriff’s Department deputies, in conjunction with state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents, conducted Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap operations ...

Santorum Super PAC Gets $50,000 from El Cajon's Caster

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, locked in a tight race with part-time La Jolla resident Mitt Romney in tomorrow's Michigan ...

Grand Jury Demands UCAN Financial Records

Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), a prominent watchdog operation, has received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury. ...

Safety Report Reveals More San Onofre Violations

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report issued February 9 but receiving little public attention since calls to light five safety incidents ...

Candidates Face Off in First 52nd Congressional District Forum

A strong-looking field of candidates vying for California’s 52nd Congressional District seat faced off at a hour-long forum Tuesday at ...

La Jolla High Grad Brain-Damaged, Mother Sues UC Regents

A San Diego woman is suing the University of California regents and the Berkeley Student Cooperative, alleging that they failed ...

City Proposes Waiving Parking Meter Fees For Some Veterans

On Tuesday, City traffic engineer Mark Rogers will appear at the monthly meeting of the Community Planners Committee, comprised of ...

Local Jeweler Stumps For $100 a Plate DeMaio Dinner Party

Local jeweler Leo Hamel is promoting a $100-a-plate dinner/fundraiser for mayoral hopeful Carl DeMaio. “I tend not to get involved ...

Audit Committee Seeks Volunteer Candidates

The City of San Diego is seeking volunteers to nominate themselves to serve on the Public Audit Committee, a group ...

Utilities Commission to Hear from San Diego Public

The California Public Utilities Commission today said that there will be an open meeting April 5 from 4 p.m. to ...

Southeastern San Diego Closer to Banning For-Sale Vehicles from City Streets

For more than a year, residents of Southeastern San Diego have taken issue with the number of vehicles for sale ...

Sempra Agrees to Disclose Political Activity to New York Pension Fund

More light on the secretive political goings-on at San Diego-based utility giant Sempra Energy is about to be shed, according ...

Chamber of Commerce Wants Environmental Quality Act Exemptions

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 141st annual dinner last week, outlining policy objectives for the organization ...

Carlsbad Broker Nailed for Hyping Biotech Stock

On Jan. 31, a federal court in Illinois entered a default judgment against Daniel J. Burns of Carlsbad. He is ...

Is Chula Vista's Economy on the Rebound?

The recession has taken its toll on Chula Vista in more ways than a glut of foreclosures. Recently, the women's ...

Transit Group Endorses La Mesa High-Rise Proposal

Park Station, a proposed mixed-use development in La Mesa featuring a 19 story high-rise tower, has received one of the ...

Another Alleged San Diego Ponzi

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday (Feb. 21) in federal court charged Carlsbad's Steven L. Hamilton with allegedly bilking 23 ...

Sanders Shopping for Costly TV System

San Diego taxpayers who find themselves longing for a more penetrating view of Carl DeMaio's hair, a closer examination of ...

Tourism Picking Up, But More Slowly in SD

The hotel business is gaining momentum in California markets, according to January data from Smith Travel Research. Hotel-expert Jerry Morrison ...

Solana Beach Moves Closer to Banning Plastic Bags

Soon shoppers in Solana Beach won't have the choice between 'paper or plastic', that is, if the city council approves ...

Proposal Could Limit Health Insurance Rate Hikes

A volunteer-backed citizens’ group calling itself Consumer Watchdog is pushing an initiative that would give the state insurance commissioner the ...

County Says High Price of OxyContin Is Causing Increased Heroin Use

The number of people shooting up heroin is skyrocketing in San Diego County, according to data from the County's Health ...

Campaign Funding Disclosure Law Takes a Second Swing

While running a mayoral campaign in the City of San Diego, Nathan Fletcher remains an active member of the California ...

Manchester Gives Another $25,000 to Romney Super PAC

A firm run by U-T San Diego owner and La Jolla-based developer and hotel mogul Doug Manchester has given $25,000 ...

Fletcher Pledges to Make Transit, Cyclist Access a Priority

San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher met with cycling advocates on Saturday, February 18, to discuss ways the city could ...

Controversial Bridgepoint, Sunroad End Lease

Two of San Diego's most controversial entities, for-profit college Bridgepoint Education and office operator Sunroad Centrum ended a lease agreement, ...

San Diego a "Strong City?"

San Diego may be be one of the next cities featured on Strong Cities | Strong State, a website “designed ...

Lemon Grove City Council Calls for Removal of Illegal Signs

Lemon Grove city councilmembers are looking to spruce up the City's commercial corridor. They plan to do so by removing ...

UCAN Joins Fight Against Utility's Treatment of Customers

Utility Consumers' Action Network, local utility watchdog, has filed a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission against San Diego ...

Irwin Jacobs, Sycuan, and Viejas Backing Brown Tax Hike

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's bid to convince California voters to raise taxes in the Golden State has found three more ...

Fundraiser Nets $2000 for Local Patient

A fundraiser Saturday night at Balboa Park’s Centro Cultural de la Raza netted over $2000 to benefit Raul Carranza in ...

USD Student's Police Work Leads to Recovery of Stolen Laptop

Two students at the University of San Diego were recently the victims of electronics theft, the USD Vista reports. Both ...

Sheriff's Sobriety Checkpoint Yields No DUIs, Least Revenue, Auditor Says

California's state auditor is out with a report comparing the operation of sobriety checkpoints by law enforcment agencies in five ...

A Better San Diego's Breakfast Forum Talks Foreclosures

A Better San Diego, a community group put together by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, held the ...

Mid-City Rapid Bus Project One Stop Closer to Construction

On Friday, members of San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) Transportation Committee received an update on the Mid-City Rapid Bus ...

Michael T. Pines Files Another Suit

Michael T. Pines, who as a North County lawyer advised clients to retake possession of their foreclosed homes, has filed ...

Two Brokers Disciplined

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority revealed in its February report that it has disciplined two San Diego County brokers. Robert ...

SDG&E Reports Customers Receiving Bill Assistance Doubles

San Diego Gas & Electric says a record number of customers unable to pay their utility bills received assistance last ...

July 4th Parade in Mitt Romney's Barber Tract May Be Cancelled

For decades, the annual Independence Day parade has been a cherished tradition of La Jolla's Barber Tract, the tony oceanfront ...

Expert Prediction: Foreclosures Will Slow In 2012

Real estate investors are making a big splash at foreclosure auctions in California and across the country, the website ForeclosureRadar ...

Monarch School for Homeless Children to Break Ground on New Campus

Officials from San Diego's Monarch School are set to break ground on a new campus tomorrow. The K-12 school, exclusively ...

Democrats Blast SANDAG Transit Plan

The Environmental Caucus of the California Democratic Party yesterday released a resolution it reached unanimously at last weekend’s state convention ...

V.A. Inspector General Says Problems at Call Center Risk Veterans’ Lives

The Inspector General of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has issued a report highly critical of emergency call handling by ...

Do Sempra Shareholders Need Any Further Massaging?

San Diego Gas & Electric's strategy (with the California Public Utilities Commission's surreptitious concurrence) is a classic case of an ...

Homeless Veterans Neglected

A new study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research calculates that on any given night, 1700 to ...

CCDC Chairman Says Fat City Not A Good Fit

CCDC chairman Kim John Kilkenny feels the 232-condo mixed-use development proposed for the corner of Hawthorn Street and Pacific Highway ...

UCSD Students Treat Haitian Earthquake Victims With Phantom Limb Pain

In 2011, a group of students from UCSD traveled to Haiti as part of the Clinton Global Initiative to treat ...

Redevelopment Watchdog Draws $200 Fine for Late Filing

With the demise of California redevelopment law, cities throughout the state have been forced to disband the large and complex ...

Cox Installs Biogas Fuel Cells at Two Local Sites

Cox Enterprises has announced the addition of five fuel cells at its Cox Communications outlet in San Diego. The fuel ...

LGBT Activists Announce Valentine's Day Protests

Four local activist groups — Marriage Equality USA, San Diego LGBT Pride, Canvass For a Cause, and the San Diego ...

Stahl Calls Foul on Republican Endorsement of Bilbray

All is not quiet on the Republican front when it comes to the race over California’s newly drawn 52nd congressional ...

Planner Loses Certification But Keeps Using It

In August 2011, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards permanently revoked the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification of Martin ...

Rick Perry's La Jolla Super PAC Reinvents Itself

Presidential candidates come and go, but, like corporations, political action committees have a life of their own. Take, for example, ...

Council Committee to Hear Ordinance That Would Ban Smoking in Multi-Family Housing

On Wednesday, the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee will review a proposal that would make smoking in multi-family housing ...

Filner's House Campaign Committee Still in Business

Democratic congressman Bob Filner, currently a San Diego mayoral candidate, continued to collect money for his House campaign committee during ...

PETA Youth Group Seeks to "Veganize" Campus Cafeterias

Activists with peta2, a branch of animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals aimed at teens and college-age ...

Democrats Release Endorsements

The final day of the California Democratic Party Convention yielded a slate of endorsements and official party positions on confirmed ...

Occupy Makes Democratic Convention Showing

Members of the Occupy movement had perhaps their strongest San Diego showing in recent weeks as the first Occupy SoCal ...

Saldaña Falls Short in Endorsement Bid

Lori Saldaña tonight fell one vote short of garnering the 60% support needed to secure official party endorsement at the ...

County Says Students At Carlsbad Elementary School May Have Been Exposed To Bacterial Meningitis

Officials from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency suspect a kindergarten student at Poinsettia Elementary School in ...

Issa Staffers Hit the Road Courtesy of Special Interests

January was a busy month for travel by two staffers for GOP congressman Darrell Issa. On the tenth of the ...

Judgment Finalized In Legal Battle Over Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District

The judgment is final. Now, a group of residents in Golden Hill and South Park — who have spent more ...

Home Affordability Index Up, Says Trade Group

Record-low interest rates and slumping home values have combined to push the state’s housing affordability index to a level matching ...

Texas-Based Non-Profit Joins Fight To Keep Mt. Soledad Cross

The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit firm based in Dallas with the goal of "promoting Judeo-Christian" values, are taking the fight ...

UCSD Announces Alumni Honorees

UC San Diego has released the names of five alumni and supporters of the university to be honored at its ...

Jacobs Balboa Park Consultant Paid Lobbyist $40,000

Civitas, Inc., the consulting firm being used by Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs to design his controversial Balboa Park makeover, has ...

Busby to Run for County Democratic Party Chair

Francine Busby announced yesterday that she will seek to take over as chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party ...

SD Home Values May Bottom Late This Year

San Diego is among a group of metro areas whose home values will likely hit bottom late this year, according ...

SEC Settles Coal-to-Ethanol Case with Widow

Early this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled a case against Margaret Grey, widow of the head of La ...

Mayor Sanders Shows Support For Bonnie Dumanis In YouTube Video

Mayor Jerry Sanders isn't shying away from his support for Bonnie Dumanis to become San Diego's next mayor, despite a ...

The City's Plan on Deferred Maintenance

According to city staff, San Diego would need to spend $478 million to smooth out streets, $185 million to repair ...

Building Trades' Family Housing Corporation Re-Elects Board Members

The San Diego Building Trades Council yesterday announced the recent re-election of its Family Housing Corporation board members for 2012. ...

Workforce Index Rises for Fifth Straight Month

The San Diego Workforce Index, published by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, rose to 86.96 in December from 86.70 in ...

Penny Stock Brokerage Disciplined

World Trade Financial Corp., a brokerage specializing in over-the-counter and penny stocks, has been nailed by both the Securities and ...

Filner Vietnam Trip Paid for by Lawyers Group

A trip last month to Vietnam by Democratic Congressman Bob Filner, running for mayor of San Diego, was paid for ...

DeMaio, Filner Are Likely Runoff Candidates in Mayoral Race

A poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Bob Filner in a virtual tie on top of ...

County Supervisors Declare Synthetic Stimulants A Public Nuisance

County Supervisors continued their crackdown on synthetic drugs at a board meeting today. The drugs, also known as "spice" and ...

Border Militarization Protects Defense Profits as Wars Wind Down

A mix of heavy contributions to political campaigns and the diminishing overseas military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan can largely ...

Supervisors Say Bill Would Put Groomers on Too Short a Leash

County Supervisors agreed to oppose state legislation aimed at regulating pet grooming businesses. The legislation, introduced by state senator Juan ...

Top Qualcomm Executives Give Big to Nathan Fletcher

GOP Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher appears to be the semi-official candidate of the executive class at Qualcomm, Inc., the locally-founded mobile ...

More Concerns Over San Onofre Safety

Concerns about safety and the durability of components at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are continuing to surface as the ...

CPUC Sued for Allegedly Not Sharing Information

Attorney Mike Aguirre today (Feb. 6) sued the California Public Utilities Commission in Superior Court for not disclosing records pertaining ...

Medical Marijuana Inc. Reports Jump in Revenue

San Diego based Medical Marijuana Inc., which describes itself as “a publicly traded holding company which invests, develops and owns ...

Chula Vista's Alleged Foreclosure Scams

Chula Vista Council member Rudy Ramirez will use his monthly public office hours to discuss "an alleged housing scam where ...

A Guide to Ralph Inzunza's Life in Prison

Former San Diego city councilman Ralph Inzunza is finally behind bars, the only council defendant to go to prison in ...

Lawyer for Duke's Wife Disbarred

According to the January edition of the Calbar Journal, La Jolla's James A. Macy, the former lawyer for Duke Cunningham's ...

Unconditional Surrender Statue to Depart Bayfront

Unconditional Surrender, the 25-foot tall, 6000 pound sculpture depicting a World War II-era sailor kissing a nurse, will soon be ...

Residents of Allied Gardens to Discuss Upcoming Developments and Proposal to Add Parks

As the economy continues to pick up, developers are picking up the pace, submitting proposals to develop large swaths of ...

Vargas Campaign Paid South Lake Tahoe Bistro, Hotel Tabs

State Sen. Juan Vargas, in the midst of a campaign to replace fellow Democrat Bob Filner in Congress, still has ...

Scripps Helps Google Earth Update Ocean Mapping

Tech giant Google announced a major upgrade in ocean data on its Google Earth mapping program yesterday. For the last ...

Steigerwalt Responds to Bar Charges

Lawyer Kerry Steigerwalt, who headed a heavily-advertised law firm that went out of business in 2010, denied this month charges ...

Researchers At San Diego Hospice Center Say Ketamine Helps Treat Depression

Doctors at the San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine are putting the "special" back in the hallucinogen ...

Goodell Shuts Door on NFL Teams Moving

The big controversy over the Chargers moving to Los Angeles would appear to be over. National Football League Commissioner Roger ...

Political Disclosure Bill Fails, Fletcher Sole Republican Supporter

Assembly Bill 1148, a proposed law that would’ve required greater disclosure regarding the financing sources of political advertising, fell two ...

U.S. Adds 243,000 Jobs, Unemployment Drops to 8.3%

The U.S. gained 243,000 jobs in January — around double economists' expectations — as the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3%, ...

Gaylord Entertainment to Return to Chula Vista?

In November 2008 Gaylord Entertainment called it quits in Chula Vista. The Nashville-based company had ambitious plans for the city's ...

El Centro Unemployment Remains Nation's Highest

El Centro, the Imperial County desert community east of San Diego’s Laguna Mountains, continues to be plagued by the nation’s ...

Qualcomm's Jacobs and Scott Peter's Wife Give Big to Democrats

It may be part-time home to GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, but traditionally conservative La Jolla also has more than ...

Developer Responds to Proposal to Build Franklin Ridge Road Extension

Marco Sessa, Senior Vice President of Development at Sudberry Properties, says his company is not pushing for the construction for ...

"RecycleMania" Kicks Off at Local Colleges

Four local universities and one community college are among at least 500 higher education campuses that will kick off participation ...

Emails Show Snapdragon Deal Left Key Financial Official in the Dark

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has finally released documents responding to the California public records act request we made on ...

Vargas 2010 Campaign Reports Debts of $375,784

Democratic state senator Juan Vargas, running against ex–state senator Denise Ducheny to replace Bob Filner in Congress, has continued to ...

Committee Requests More Information on Managed Competition

The Independent Budget Analyst wants the Mayor's office to be more forthcoming when it comes to Managed Competition. In a ...

Suit Seeks to Block Auction of Caltrans Building in Old Town

Preservation group Save Our Heritage Organisation has filed suit in Sacrament Superior Court in order to block Caltrans from auctioning ...

Radioactive Leak Shuts San Onofre, Critics Had Voiced Safety Concerns

Precautionary shutdown operations began last night at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 3 reactor due to “a possible leak ...

School Burglary Investigation Leads to Pot, Weapons Arrests

San Marcos Unified School District's Sheriff's School Resource Officers arrested five residents of a home on the 500 block of ...

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