News Ticker Entries for January, 2012

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City Council Unanimously in Favor of Urban Agriculture Amendments

Today was a landmark for urban agriculturalists as the City Council voted unanimously in favor of amendments to municipal code ...

Fletcher Officeholder Fund Backed by Reynolds Tobacco

Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a candidate for mayor of San Diego, raised a total of $51,000 in his so-called officeholder ...

Former Gateway Execs Nailed by SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed today (Jan. 31) that two former executives of one-time San Diego computer giant ...

Residents Oppose Road Linking Mission Valley to Serra Mesa

The Mission Valley corridor has been said to one of San Diego's burgeoning communities. A January 31 UT-San Diego article ...

TV Weather Forecasters Caught in Argument Over Climate Change

A debate is brewing over whether television weather forecasters are misleading their viewers about the true effects of climate change. ...

Broker Banned for Churning Teenager's Account

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has banned San Diego registered brokerage supervisor Kale Edgar Evans from association with FINRA ...

McMillins Give Big to Local Politicos

Mark and Scott McMillin (pictured), along with their sizable local development outfit, contributed a total of $98,328.65 to various political ...

Bill Calls for Increased Disclosure on Political Advertising

California lawmakers are considering a proposal known as Assembly Bill 1148 that would, among other things, require the three largest ...

San Diego, US Home Values Still Going South

Home values in the 20 largest metro markets dropped 3.7% in November from a year earlier, according to Standard & ...

Manufacturing Industry Expands in Tijuana

Tijuana EDC, a nonprofit promoting the city’s manufacturing industry, has released figures on the growth of the region’s production capacity ...

Former SD Lawyer Charged with Stashing Funds Offshore

Former San Diego attorney Christopher Rusch was charged in Phoenix today (Jan. 30) with defrauding the Internal Revenue Service by ...

Public Defender Henry Coker's Endorsement of Dumanis Violated Federal Hatch Act?

Local resident and homeless-advocate Kathryn Rhodes filed a formal complaint to the Office of the Special Counsel, on January 25 ...

Could Amylin Be Takeover Target?

Biotech Amylin stock is up 18.04% to $14.33 at mid-day Monday (Jan. 30), following Food & Drug Administration approval for ...

Port Commissioner Blasts Proposal To Build A Bayfront Stadium

San Diego port commissioner Bob Nelson appeared at the Economic Development and Strategies Committee's first meeting on Monday to offer ...

Fabian Nuñez Reports Almost $4.7 Million in Campaign Cash

Former state assembly speaker Fabian Nuñez — a Democrat controversial in San Diego for a last-minute sentence reduction granted his ...

San Diego GOP Gets $12,500 from Rancho Guejito

Rancho Guejito, the outfit seeking to develop a big chunk of the 23,000 acres it owns between Route 78 nearly ...

Naval Medical Center Studying Premature Joint Deterioration

Doctors at the Naval Medical Center San Diego are studying the cause of rapid cartilage loss in knees, shoulders, and ...

SDGE Refuses to Testify under Oath on Its Insurance Scam

San Diego Gas & Electric said yesterday (Jan. 27) that it would not submit responses under oath to questions posed ...

Bill Could Limit Executive Pay at Public Utilities

Sacramento legislators are considering a potential bill that would place limits on the portion of executive salaries that state utilities ...

Padres and City Want More Special Events at Petco Park

Local businesses surrounding Petco Park are asking the Mayor for relief. They say there aren't enough off-season events at the ...

Vargas Channels Schwarzenegger for Insurance Lobby

It's not a surprise to see Juan Vargas keynoting an insurance industry event; before the Democrat was elected to the ...

Councilmember David Alvarez Says Community-Benefit Districts Will Help Galvanize Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan will be the new Little Italy, at least that's what some developers and others in the building industry ...

Steve Peace for Congress?

Could a well-known independent candidate be preparing to enter North County's already hotly-contested race for the 52nd District congressional seat? ...

New Trash Trucks Bring Better Efficiency, Less Odor

National disposal company Waste Management has announced San Diego will be among the first markets in the country for a ...

Group to Protest State Health Spending Cuts

A group of patients, public sector workers, and community members led by Raul Carranza, a local student suffering from muscular ...

Democrat Atkins Raised $292,960 in 2011

The reelection fund of San Diego Democratic assemblywoman Toni Atkins took in a total of $292,960 in contributions during 2011, ...

CPUC's Ratepayer Advocates Back SD Hearing on SDGE Fire Scam

The Division of Ratepayer Advocates, a group within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) representing the interests of consumers, not ...

Police Search for Suspect in Failed Robbery Attempt

San Diego police are investigating an attempted robbery at the Golden Bear gas station on the 1500 block of Morena ...

Encinitas Council Approves Installation of "Surfing Madonna" Mosaic

The "Save the Ocean Mosaic," better known as the "Surfing Madonna," is one step closer to finding a new home. ...

Study Finds Increase In Binge Drinking

More and more people are binge drinking in San Diego County, says a recent study from the Centers for Disease ...

117 Gang Members Nailed on Drug Charges

A federal grand jury has handed up 17 indictments and the U.S. attorney's office has filed eight criminal complaints against ...

Fed Will Try to Goose Stocks in Election Year

The Federal Reserve announced today (Jan. 25) that it will stay with the longtime tradition of passing out free whiskey ...

Report Questions Quantity, Quality of Jobs from Convention Center Expansion

Where are the Jobs?, a report issued independently yesterday by Murtaza H. Baxamusa, Director of Planning and Development at the ...

Taxpayers Association's Political War Chest Grows

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association, a business lobbying and advocacy group whose board includes many prominent local Republicans, raised ...

Roche Makes Hostile Bid for Illumina

Swiss-based Roche Holding AG offered roughly $5.7 billion in cash for San Diego biotech Illumina early Wednesday (Jan. 25). Roche ...

Survey Says Californians Support Tax Hikes, Oppose Education Cuts

Californians heavily favor Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal for a temporary increase in sales taxes and personal income taxes of wealthy ...

SDSU Gets $1M for Industrial Efficiency Program

Professor Asfaw Beyene and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University have been awarded a $1 million ...

SDG&E Tries to Nix Public Hearing on Fire Insurance Scam

San Diego Gas & Electric has told the California Public Utilities Commission that there is no need for local public ...

Occupy San Diego Voices Complaints Against SDPD

Members of Occupy San Diego will be attending tonight’s Citizens Review Board of Police Practices to voice complaints regarding the ...

Wildcoast Studies Surfers' Social and Economical Impacts in Baja

Researchers from Wildcoast, a coastal and marine conservation group based in Imperial Beach, are calling on surfers who traveled to ...

Manchester Resort Cited for Land Use, Environmental Violations

While a public controversy rages around Sunday's waterfront stadium proposal by the U-T San Diego, another major project by the ...

Failing Grades Across San Diego County on American Lung Association Tobacco Report

The American Lung Association has assigned failing grades to nearly all San Diego communities in its State of Tobacco Control ...

Attorney General Intervenes in SANDAG Regional Transit Plan Lawsuit

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced this afternoon that she has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that ...

Roski Plays Political Football with Campaign Cash

Ed Roski's plan to build an NFL stadium in the City of Industry has been largely eclipsed by rival Phil ...

The Many Faces of Bob Filner

Life is not all dreary debates and political fundraising for Democratic congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner, based ...

Save Our Heritage Wins Battle: Plaza de Panama Plan

Preservation group Save Our Heritage Organisation has been granted a petition for writ of mandate filed last summer over the ...

County Supervisors to Discuss Fat City Lofts

County Supervisors on Tuesday will vote whether to formally oppose the development of 232 condos and 4,485 of retail space ...

"A Better San Diego" Forum Addresses Local Public Education

A Better San Diego, a group billing itself as a “coalition of labor, community, faith, environmental, and civil rights organizations,” ...

Council Committee to Consider Reducing Time to Pay Parking Tickets

Recipients of parking citations will have fewer days to pay or appeal the ticket before late fees are assessed, if ...

Private Education and Gambling Interests Back Anderson

A controversial private education outfit and the home of the Kentucky Derby were two of the December donors to the ...

Local Unemployment Drops Below 9 Percent

San Diego County's unemployment rate was 8.9% in December 2011, down from a revised 9.2% in November and below the ...

Judge Upholds Gun Sales Reporting Law Over NRA Protest

The Obama administration and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are celebrating a victory in their battle ...

Credit Union PAC Spends Big on Nancy Chase

The San Diego Credit Unions' PAC paid $12,000 to Solana Beach political consultant Nancy Chase last year, a longtime city ...

Wells Fargo Holds Workshop for Homeowners

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage wants to help homeowners who are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments. On January 25, ...

Former Energy Commission Director to Lead Intervention on Nuclear Proceedings

The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility has signed on energy policy heavy hitter John Geesman in its intervention over Pacific Gas ...

North Park Residents Plan Rally In Protest of High Number of Alcohol Licenses

Call it an 'anti-pub crawl' or 'bar-stopping'. A group of residents in North Park will gather on Friday evening to ...

Rap Artist Tyga Blames World Beat Center Riot on Misunderstanding

California-based rap artist Tyga is downplaying allegations by TMZ that he sparked a 1,200 person riot at the World Beat ...

San Diego Realtors Gave $50,000 to Pension Measure

The San Diego Association of Realtors IMPAC committee contributed $50,000 to last year's successful effort to qualify a ballot measure ...

Home Sales Up, Down, Depending on Who's Asked

Competing reports from the California Association of Realtors, a real estate trade group, and real estate analytics company DataQuick paint ...

Local, National Websites Shut Down to Protest Internet Censorship Law

Local news website OB Rag has joined nationally recognized websites Reddit, WordPress, Wikipedia, and others in shutting down operations today ...

UCSD Researchers Reject National Policy on Smoking Cessation

Researchers at the UCSD's School of Medicine studying smoking cessation found that despite a wide range of pharmaceutical medications and ...

City Attorney Says Snapdragon Deal Void

As we first reported January 5, Mayor Jerry Sanders proceeded with Qualcomm, Inc.'s December "Snapdragon Stadium" promotional gambit despite a ...

FCC to Accept Comments on Ending Sports Blackouts on TV

The Federal Communications Commission is considering revising its sports “blackout” rules that cause fans of some local teams to be ...

Wanted: Public Hearings on SDGE's Planned Fleece Job

San Diego County's Mussey Grade Alliance today (Jan. 17) formally requested that San Diegans have a chance for a public ...

The Push for Community-Benefit Districts in Barrio Logan

It's safe to say that in the past, residents of Barrio Logan haven't had much say as far as land ...

Welk Resort Operators Can't Force Owners Into Arbitration, Court Rules

The Welk Group, operators of the Welk Resort San Diego, has lost its right to force owners into binding arbitration ...

Payment Scam May Come to San Diego, Utility Warns

SDG&E is warning customers to be wary of a scam that’s struck customers of other utilities on the East Coast, ...

Ex-Sempra President Among Few Local Huntsman Backers

Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who pulled out of the GOP presidential race yesterday and endorsed fellow Mormon and ...

Poway to Prohibit Pot Dispensaries

Poway city officials will consider closing the door for those hoping to open pot shops in the City at a ...

Baseball Owners Wonder If Moorad Partners Have the Money

Columnist Mike Ozanian of Forbes Magazine says today (Jan. 16) that "The sale of controlling interest of the San Diego ...

Company Charging $55 for One-Minute Calls Escapes Legally

The San Diego Better Business Bureau is swamped with complaints about San Diego-based BBG Communications. People complain about outrageous charges ...

Economist Laffer Sued Again

Arthur Laffer, former San Diegan and supply side economist who is generally considered the primary force behind the Reagan tax ...

SENTRI Pass Holder Caught with $1M in Methamphetamine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated almost 54 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a 2000 Honda Civic at the ...

Imperial Beach to Discuss Displaying "In God We Trust" in Council Chambers

Imperial Beach city councilmember Lori Bragg requests the council discuss a proposal to display the motto, "In God We Trust" ...

Bill Lerach Hosting Sherri Lightner Fundraiser

La Jolla Democrats like Bill Lerach. And he likes them. That's at least one conclusion to be drawn from an ...

Much Left to Learn About the Effectiveness of Charter Schools

Two decades after first beginning to experiment with the concept of publicly funded but independently managed charter schools, we still ...

Escondidan Dodged Taxes, Lied

Escondido's Thongsavanh Phensombath pleaded guilty today (Jan. 12) in federal court to evading half a million dollars in taxes generated ...

Feds Let Sempra Investigate Itself

The Washington Post reports today (Jan. 12) that in 2010, when a former employee said Sempra Energy was paying bribes ...

Woman Kidnapped, Returned, Suspect Remains at Large

San Diego sheriff’s deputies are investigating a kidnapping that took place in Escondido yesterday. At around 11:30 a.m., deputies responded ...

VA Hospital Audit Finds Fire Risks, Cancer Test Delays

There have been big troubles with colorectal cancer tests and many fire extinguishers, including those in an operating room, have ...

Broker Banned for Churning Client Account

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has banned John William Grant from association with FINRA members. Grant, who then worked ...

Otay Mesa Power Plant Tops Greenhouse Gas List

Just who is the biggest yearly greenhouse gas emitter in San Diego? According to an interactive map posted online by ...

Car Rental Agency Sued for Offering Gay and Lesbian Discounts

An Arizona woman has initiated a class-action suit alleging discrimination based on her sexual orientation by Avis Rent A Car. ...

Probation Department Shopping for Pepper Spray

San Diego county's Probation Department wants to stock up on a big inventory of "assorted tactical gear," including 100 cans ...

Port Taking Suggestions for Improvement Projects

The Port of San Diego has extended the public proposal period on its Capital Improvement Program, which considers plans for ...

Tech Rejuvenates Tijuana's Maquiladora Industry

Baja California’s maquiladora industry is once again booming after losing ground for years to Asian competitors and suffering from waning ...

Surfing for Dollars with Brian Bilbray and Fred Hemmings

Next up on 2012's calendar of local GOP fundraisers is congressman Brian Bilbray's "Birthday Celebration Reception and Dinner" at Shelter ...

Residents In Little Italy Oppose Bus Parking Lot In Community

Residents in Little Italy are asking that SANDAG scrap plans to build a short term bus parking lot in their ...

Girls Think Tank Urges Council to Bring Portland Loos to Downtown

Noor Kazmi, president of homeless advocate group Girls Think Tank, lashed out at city councilmembers for a lack of action ...

Median SD Home Values Fourth Highest

The median value of a home in San Diego County is $338,800, fourth highest among 25 major metro areas, according ...

Magazine Shows Stresses in L.A. Stadium Proposals

Investigative reporter Connie Bruck has a long piece in the Jan. 16 New Yorker magazine profiling Phil Anschutz *(pictured), owner ...

Republican Party Endorses List of Incumbents

The Republican Party of San Diego County issued a list of candidate endorsements this morning, with few surprises to be ...

Cantaloupe Convention Will Address Industry's Battered Image

California’s cantaloupe growers will meet tomorrow in San Diego to discuss their industry’s recovery after a deadly outbreak of the ...

Three Local Accountants Disciplined

The California Board of Accountancy (CBA) has disciplined three San Diego accountants. Daniel Warren and his wife Kathleen, both certified ...

Solar Trains Hired Guns on Loft Project

It's no secret that Solar Turbines has been doing everything it can to stop the 232-unit Fat City Lofts from ...

Woman Comes Across African Crowned Crane on Her Driveway

It's not everyday that you come across an African Crowned Crane in your driveway. But that's what Jackie Bond found ...

College Republicans Rate Professors as "Teachers or Preachers"

SDSU College Republicans, a student organization at San Diego State University, has issued a list of “Teachers and Preachers,” in ...

County Supervisors Support Sycuan Land Transfer

County supervisors supported a proposal from Sycuan Tribe to transfer 1,357 acres of land to their reservation during a county ...

Filner Visits Vietnam in Support of Funding for Aftermath of Agent Orange

Congressman and mayoral candidate Bob Filner landed in Vietnam last week for an eight day tour of facilities and programs ...

Bridgepoint Offers Transfer Program to Community College Students

Bridgepoint Education, the local for-profit online educator, announced yesterday that it established articulation agreements during the final quarter of 2011 ...

Sanders Responds to Snapdragon Records Request

The office of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders today responded to our public records act request, made December 12, for ...

Locals Charged with Peddling Endangered, Protected Species

Four San Diego County citizens have been criminally charged with using internet sites to sell endangered species and other protected ...

State Senate Bill Would Limit CSU Raises

In July 2011, California State University trustees announced they were hiking tuition at state schools by 12 percent. That same ...

Leap Wireless Continues Growth Despite Aborted T-Mobile Deal

San Diego-based Leap Wireless, the parent company of contract-free cell phone carrier Cricket Communications, announced Wednesday that it had added ...

U.S. Adds 200,000 Jobs in December

The U.S. gained 200,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% from a revised 8.7% in November, ...

Sweetwater's Funds for Education Committee Suspended

In a phone call today, Sweetwater Union High School District’s interim superintendent Ed Brand said that he was suspending the ...

Investigations Launch on Bank Failures

House Resolution 2056, signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, directs the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the ...

"Snapdragon Stadium" Was Illegal, City Attorney Memo Says

It was an unprecedented marketing coup, according to advertising experts. Ten days of free advertising for Qualcomm's new Snapdragon wireless ...

SD Could Benefit from Military Focus Change

President Obama outlined a new strategy for the U.S. military today (Jan. 5), and although changes could be made, San ...

UCSD Medical Center Settles Lawsuit Over Hiring Practices

The Justice Department announced that UCSD Medical Center has agreed to change hiring practices at the Hillcrest facility and pay ...

Leadership Change on Navy Explosives Team

Command Master Chief Lee Morrison, the top enlisted member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3, based out of Naval ...

Local Company's "Sound Cannons" Garner Praise From Police, Claims of Injury From Protesters

Police use of long-range acoustic devices (also known as sonic blasters or sound cannons) against protesters is fueling both an ...

Vatican Appoints New Bishop to Diocese of San Diego

Former trial lawyer turned Catholic priest Cirilo Flores has been named "Coadjutor" the Diocese of San Diego. Flores will co-head ...

Controversial "Love Hormone" Trial Conducted at UCSD

Is Oxytocin, called by some the "hormone of love," good for anxiety? That's what a new clincal study by UCSD ...

Sempra Adds to Its Holdings with Mississippi Utility Purchase

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, announced on January 3 that it plans to ...

Occupy San Diego Names January Free-Speech Month

Verbatim from an email sent by Occupy San Diego media liaison Ray Lutz. 100 years after the San Diego City ...

San Diego Zoo to Swap Tucson Elephant for Safari Park Herd

Handlers at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson are preparing Connie, a 42-year-old Asian elephant, for her upcoming transfer to San ...

High-End Fletcher Blog Wins D.C. Praise

We'll have to wait until the end of the month for year-end disclosures to find out how much it's costing ...

Sinaloa Drug Cartel Controls 16 Mexican States Including Baja California

The Sinaloa drug cartel is second only to Los Zetas when it comes to drug-related criminal activity in Mexico. A ...

GOP's Garrick Funds Own Campaign with $100,000

Republican Assemblyman Martin Garrick, ramping up for a state senate bid, has given himself a tidy year-ending gift in the ...

Searching to Replace Filner on House Veterans Affairs Committee

With local congressman Bob Filner resigning his seat in order to seek office as San Diego’s next mayor, political pundits ...

Allegations of Police Brutality at Occupy San Diego

Nationwide, allegations of police brutality have been competing with protest mantras, drum circles, and "mic checks" for the loudest voice ...

Protesters Won't Leave Warner Springs Ranch

Warner Springs Ranch, which is to close today at 4 p.m. so that it can be sold to the Pala ...

Program Guarantees Inner City Grads Admittance to SDSU

Over 250 Hoover High School juniors are expected to enroll at San Diego State University in 2013 thanks to the ...

Obama Gives Bersin New Homeland Security Job

San Diego's Alan Bersin, who quit his post as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection just before his so-called recess ...

Oceanside to Hold Special Election on Rent Control at Mobile-Home Parks

Oceanside city council on Wednesday will approve allocating $93,000 to place a controversial ordinance on the June ballot that would ...

Thefts Thwart Launch of High-End Car Rental Service

HiGear, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer car sharing network for high-end autos from makers such as Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, and Lamborghini, ...

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