News Ticker Entries for April, 2013

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ResMed staying, but could reconsider a move

However, bribing businesses to move or stay is a shell game

Medical equipment maker ResMed, which in November said it might move to a tax-friendlier and regulation-lighter state such as Texas, ...

Tijuana’s piece of Olympic dream likely over

Olympic Committee notifies San Diego bi-national host out of question

The longshot bid for San Diego and Tijuana to jointly host the 2024 Summer Olympics has likely been shut down ...

Escondido man gets 45-years-to-Life for fatal DUI

Repeat felon, high on heroin, driving stolen vehicle, crossed into oncoming traffic

An Escondido man who caused the death of a passenger in his car when he drove head-on into another car, ...

Clerks beaten, bottle stolen in La Mesa

La Mesa Police are looking for four suspects involved in a brawl outside a liquor store on the 5900 block ...

Did Sanders violate "cooling off" ban on Filner Mexico trip?

2010 letter of advice to ex-mayor's aide outlines year-long prohibition on ex-staff contacts with current city officials

Back in December 2010, when Kris Michell - then chief of staff to San Diego Republican mayor Jerry Sanders - ...

Mobile home parks give big to San Diego Democratic Party which in turn gives $20,000 to Mayor Filner

Four mobile home associations gave a total of $12,000 to the SD Democrats on April 26

Mobile home park associations are moving in the same direction as the Democratic Party. An April 29 filing from the ...

U-T reports circulation gains, some dips, but...

Company has sold papers for a penny, which counts as paid circulation

According to data released this morning by the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly called the Audit Bureau of Circulations), the ...

Student-led petition against foam food packaging gains momentum

An online petition campaign initiated by a local student calling on San Diego to ban the use of single-use polystyrene ...

Carlsbad underwriting firm charged with fraud

Investors defrauded in municipal bond offering, says SEC

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today (April 29) charged the Carlsbad finance firm of Kinsell, Newcomb & DeDios ...

State Auditor gives City's development services department poor grade on protection of historical resources and public notification

State auditor recommended more be done to protect historical resources.

The City of San Diego's Development Services Department received a few bad scores in an audit from the California State ...

Escondido man arrested in Carlsbad for drug possession

Prior convictions for robbery and stolen vehicle are alleged

When Michael Crain Grandys, 29, was arrested on Loker Avenue in Carlsbad he had a bindle of meth on him, ...

SD trade rises sharply, but deficit remains

Mexico accounts for 86% of county's two-way trade

The value of two-way trade through San Diego topped $56.5 billion last year, 7.2% over 2011, according to economist Kelly ...

House Energy & Commerce Committee asks for state's plan to cope with loss of San Onofre

Several Democratic members of Congress, including ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman of California along ...

Immigrants increasingly abandoned at sea by Baja California smugglers

The Mexican Navy reports 10-12 boats per month abandoned by smugglers with immigrants aboard

Officials from the Mexican Navy (La Secretaría de Marina) reported today, April 29th, that 10 to 12 boats per month ...

East County manhunt locates lost hikers

A group of 26 members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, San Diego Mountain Rescue Team, and the BORSTAR ...

Judge denies San Diego Unified's request to rehear case over Hoover High's new stadium lights

District's motion for retrial is denied.

The lights at the end of the stadium tunnel are beginning to grow dim in San Diego Unified School District's ...

Handwritten notes are new evidence in Brittany Killgore murder

Pages signed by "Dee" and "Kitten" have ominous messages

More than a year since Brittany Dawn Killgore’s body was found just outside of San Diego County, a prosecutor in ...

Goldsmith, DeMaio among hosts of fundraiser for Dumanis's next DA campaign

The business-friendly Lincoln Club of San Diego is sending out invites for a $250-a-plate breakfast next Tuesday, April 30, to ...

Proposed ordinance would outlaw the sale of pets raised at commercial breeding facilities

The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee to discuss ban on sale of puppy mill puppies at upcoming committee meeting.

A city council committee is taking the lead in an effort to outlaw pet shops from selling companion animals that ...

UCSD exec, ex-politician each receiving annual $5,000 from La Jolla non-profit

Associate vice chancellor for extended studies and public programs joins ex-state senator on two boards of non-profits promoting charter schools and online news

Two La Jolla-based nonprofit corporations at the heart of San Diego’s great debate over public versus charter schools have been ...

Over a mile of copper wiring stolen from community park

Authorities are seeking witnesses and information tips from the public after thieves stripped about 7,500 feet of copper wiring from ...

Former Wells Fargo banker charged with embezzlement

He stole and laundered $750,000, says U.S. Attorney's office

Former Chula Vista Wells Fargo banker Ricardo Adolfo Benavente III has been charged with defrauding the bank and its customers ...

Settlement finalized over UT San Diego's deal website complaints

A settlement deal has been finalized between the UT San Diego and buyers of the website’s “daily deals” who were ...

Fourteen Barrio Logan property owners represented 70 percent of vote needed to establish new Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District

Majority of residents, 54% voted against the MAD

The Barrio Logan Association, the non-profit that will control the newly formed "Community Benefit Maintenance Assessment District," is eager to ...

Housing values in Western metro areas soaring

Fed's low rate policies the catalyst; but is this too far, too fast?

Housing values in Western markets continue to soar, according to data released this morning (April 25) by Zillow.com. Year-over-year prices ...

Eight immigrants receive prison sentences

Recent arrests in the Imperial Valley bordering San Diego County have led to a handful of prison convictions for suspects ...

Guilty: Valley Center man failed to control dogs that attacked joggers

Victims testified they were pulled to the ground by pack of pit-bull-mixes

After a two day trial, a Valley Center man was declared guilty of failing to control dogs that attacked and ...

Man charged with smuggling bladders of endangered fish

U.S. Attorney has made seven similar arrests since February

Song Shen Zhen of Calexico has been charged with smuggling swim bladders of the endangered Totoaba across the border. Zhen ...

Drone maker's PAC kicks in $2,000 to Vargas debt fund, filing shows

Honeywell International PAC only donor to committee owing $120,000 to Democratic congressman

As previously reported, La Jolla congressman Scott Peters recently filed a statement with federal campaign regulators saying that he had ...

Regulators approve sale of San Diego Trust Bank

San Diego Trust Bank, with three local branches and just under $200 million in deposits, cleared a regulatory hurdle April ...

City council to pay $175,000 check to a man who fell on a shoddy sidewalk in San Ysidro

The segment of sidewalk near Smythe Elementary has long been an issue in the community.

This fall marks two years since Ubaldo Gutierrez fell off his bicycle while riding on a shoddy sidewalk near Smythe ...

Calls for public hearings on San Onofre grow, fears about summer power supply may be exaggerated

The Los Angeles City Council yesterday joined a host of Southern California cities in passing a resolution calling for public ...

Judge noticed man wore same shirt seen in surveillance photos

Abrahim Ah Saed accused of multiple ID frauds

A judge noticed that the defendant seated before him was wearing the “same exact” plaid shirt seen in surveillance photos, ...

Border Patrol rescues three lost immigrants in Imperial County

Men rescued west of Calexico after placing call for help

A United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) air unit worked with El Centro Border Patrol agents on the ground ...

Rising prices drive distress sales from housing market

As housing prices continue to rebound, distressed sales including foreclosures and underwater “short sales” account for a shrinking share of ...

GOP's Lincoln Club weighs in big for Democrat Crenshaw

As cash rolls in from Manchester executive, lobbyists, and Walmart, costs include pro-Crenshaw and anti-Cole material, disclosures show

The Lincoln Club of San Diego County, home to some of downtown's most influential Republican lobbyists, has entered the battle ...

Carlsbad to begin enforcing overnight RV parking ban

The City of Vista has become the latest in the region to take on the issue of recreational vehicles parked ...

Ex-San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor due back in court on Thursday

O'Connor will appear in court for a case filed by her sister's former husband over the sale of a Mendocino luxury hotel

Former San Diego mayor Maureen O'Connor is due back in court on Thursday, or, at least her lawyers will be ...

Vista man gets work furlough for resisting arrest

Must spend every night at detention center for six months, after work

A Vista man was sentenced to 180 days “work furlough,” after he was found guilty of felony resisting-arrest during a ...

Jury: registered nurse guilty of abusing autistic man

Two felonies and four misdemeanors declared after two week trial

Today a jury declared a 62-year-old registered nurse guilty of felony abuse of a 23-year-old autistic man in his care ...

Economy hops: thank craft brewers

They create jobs, contribute much more impact than Comic-Con

Craft brewers and brewpubs created $299.5 million in economic impact in the county in 2011, according to a study by ...

Crystal meth bust near Ensenada, BC

Meth load discovered in truck tires at Santo Tomás

Federal police discovered a load of crystal methamphetamine, in a stranded semi-truck, in Santo Tomás in the early hours of ...

Peters got $2600 from Microsoft Office president in weeks before CISPA vote

San Diego freshman Democrat who voted for cyber intelligence bill got campaign funds from industry-linked figures in month leading to House vote

Despite complaints by online activists and privacy advocates that the measure would allow agents of the U.S. government to make ...

Explosive discovered on beach in Cardiff

Encinitas Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Cardiff State Beach Sunday afternoon (April 21) and called in the Bomb Arson Unit ...

Training fires set to burn in San Marcos

The San Marcos Fire Department has announced it will be conducting a handful of live fire training exercises between 8 ...

Lawsuit aims to prevent massive wall signs from being allowed in City

San Diegans for Open Government filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego and Westfield LLC for trying to scuttle current zoning laws.

The signs point to a showdown in court. Last week, San Diegans for Open Government, a non-profit government watchdog group, ...

Donald Trump could get SLAPPed

Appeals court reverses Judge Irma Gonzalez in case critical to consumers' rights

In a lawsuit whose outcome might be critical to the ability of individuals and journalists to smoke out bad business ...

Teenager on trial for alleged gang shooting in Oceanside

Seventeen-year-old tried as adult for fatal shotgun blast in rivals' territory

Trial began last week for a 17-year-old boy accused of shooting another teenager in the belly with a shotgun. Prosecutors ...

Sierra Club wins climate change lawsuit against county

Judge says Climate Action Plan has no enforcement mechanism on greenhouse gas emissions

Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled for the Sierra Club yesterday (April 19) in a suit it had filed against ...

Young gangster could face life in prison, DA says

Alleged gangster accused of ramming a man with his car, who rescued a beating victim

Jorge’s birthday happens to be Cinco de Mayo, but he will turn 22-years-old this year while in custody, in the ...

Report: Tony Robbins buys $25 million home in Palm Beach

Happiness guru apparently buys year-old home on ocean front

According to the publication South Florida Real Estate, San Diego-based motivational speaker Anthony (Tony) Robbins, has bought a $24.75 million ...

A Better San Diego considers hotel worker wages

A Better San Diego, a labor-backed nonprofit, held the latest in its series of community breakfast forums on Friday, April ...

Lorena Gonzalez rakes in more than $160,000 in campaign contributions in five month span

Union-head Lorena Gonzalez far ahead of her opponent Steve Castaneda in campaign donations.

Chief executive of the San Diego and Imperial County Labor Union and now state assembly candidate, Lorena Gonzalez, is proving ...

SD March unemployment drops to 7.7%

Jobs up 8,300 over month, 32,600 over year

The San Diego County unemployment rate for March was 7.7%, down from a revised 8% in February, according to the ...

MTS, SANDAG announce plans for long-distance bus lines, Regional Transportation Plan critics not impressed

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), in conjunction with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has announced plans ...

Chula Vista home builder settles $2 million dispute over construction defects

Brookfield Homes, developers of the 120-unit Cottage Lane condominium project in the Windingwalk master planned community in eastern Chula Vista, ...

Liquor store owners agree to $6,000 ethics fine in Filner hit piece case

Group run by outspoken Chaldean leader favoring Nathan Fletcher admits failing to fully identify itself and making late filings during last year's race for mayor

As reported here last May 29, the Neighborhood Market Association, a group representing various liquor stores and convenience markets around ...

Council sets date to discuss draft medical marijuana ordinance

Draft ordinance improves access from 2011 ordinance.

Proponents and patients of medical marijuana in San Diego will finally get a chance to voice support for a new ...

Tech grads: job search will worsen dramatically if immigration bill passes

As H-1B barriers would loosen, employers would win, U.S. employees lose

Recent college grads, doctoral candidates, and skilled professionals will find the already-rough job market much rougher if the immigration overhaul ...

UCSD Research Expo showcases grad students' work

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego today (April 18) plays host to its annual Research Expo, where ...

Garritsons are a family of nurses, the son testified

Adult nurse sons testify in jury trial of their registered nurse father, who is accused of abuse

Jarrod Garritson was subpoenaed to testify in the trial of his father, on April 16, 2013. Jarrod looked at Michael ...

San Diego county supervisor and super lobbyist are partners in Mission Hills restaurant

Dean of downtown San Diego influence peddlers and longtime GOP supervisor Ron Roberts have partnership interests in Brooklyn Girl Eatery, disclosures show

The world of San Diego politics and its well-heeled corporate lobbying corps has long been a clubby sort of place, ...

Former SDCERA employee blames Aguirre, law firm for his firing

But Aguirre says Jeff Baker gave two different stories in two different courts

According to Courthouse News Service, Jeffrey Baker has sued attorneys Mike Aguirre and one of his partners, Chris Morris, and ...

Protest opposes Keystone XL pipeline at Coronado petroleum conference

About two dozen protestors organized by climate change activist group SanDiego350.org gathered outside the Loews Coronado Bay Resort today (April ...

Tijuana hits ordered from California prison

Hitmen claim to have taken orders from U.S. inmate

Multiple suspects, who have been arrested in connection with at least one of the recent homicides in Tijuana, have admitted ...

City accused of not releasing public documents, sued for violating public records act

SCI Consulting filed lawsuit on Superior Court alleging the City witheld public information.

The bad blood between the City of San Diego and a maintenance assessment consulting firm it once hired is flowing ...

Tourism Marketing District announces new board of directors candidates

Of existing members, only C. Terry Brown seeks re-election

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District, catching headlines of late due to its clash with Mayor Bob Filner over his ...

Report blasts CPUC's laxity toward safety

Relations with utilities too cozy; legislator calls for Peevey firing

A report, due to be released today (April 17), blasts the California Public Utilities Commission for its "anti-safety" attitude and ...

Lemon Grove tax preparer arrested in Phoenix

Accused of using 200 stolen identities to collect more than $1 million in bogus tax returns

Tax preparer Cynthia Lozano of Lemon Grove was arrested in Phoenix on Monday, April 15 (Tax Day) and stands accused ...

High Explosive Munitions Testing to Occur at Camp Pendleton

This Wednesday and Thursday detonations from aircraft may be heard as far as San Diego.

On April 15th Camp Pendleton announced "live-fire training exercises," via aircraft, will occur between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on ...

Teenager explained taking hold of his autistic brother in trial today

A different paid caregiver is facing felony abuse charges in San Diego Superior Court

The teenaged brother of an autistic man was called as a defense witness today, in the trial of a 62-year-old ...

High arrest numbers at Santee DUI checkpoint

Sheriff’s deputies in Santee are reporting a particularly successful DUI checkpoint operation over the weekend, having made 14 drunken driving ...

California's ethics watchdog takes another bite at San Diego conflict ruling

Advice letters fly regarding one-time consultant to lobbyist for controversial Jamul Indian casino

As reported here last June, marketing and economic consultant Michael Casinelli, then-chairman of the county's Jamul Dulzura community planning group, ...

Low inventory, high demand keep pushing real estate values higher

Tight inventory and a flood of entry-level buyers are contributing to a continued rise in home prices, according to a ...

Possible portent: helmet maker found liable in football injury

Colorado jury says Riddell responsible for $3.1 million in damages

A Trinidad, Colorado jury has found football helmet maker Riddell responsible for 27% of the monetary damages awarded to a ...

With Democrats backing Gonzalez, Castaneda turns to unrepresented Republicans in 80th Assembly race

With mail ballots set to be distributed in the next week for the May 21 special election to replace 80th ...

Stepfather of autistic man gave testimony in abuse trial

Registered Nurse pleads not guilty to felony charges

The step-father of a 23-year-old autistic man joined others in accusing a Registered Nurse of abusing the young man in ...

Victim of $5 million embezzlement speaks to the judge

Thieving bookeeper sentenced to 9 years State prison this afternoon

A woman hinted that her family’s business will not survive the dishonest bookkeeper who embezzled more than $5 million from ...

Reporter, laid off by U-T, wins Pulitzer Prize

Story was edited by ex-U-Ter who was an editor in two previous Pulitzer winners

David Hasemyer, who was laid off by the Union-Tribune in one of its several pogroms, is one of three reporters ...

For-profit college to pay $700,000 fine for falsifying records

United States University altered documents so students could get Pell grants

United States University has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $686,720, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The school's ...

14 homicides in Tijuana over seven days

Violent week in Tijuana, three more killed by Monday afternoon

At least 14 homicides were recorded in Tijuana over a seven day period, ending on Sunday, April 14th, 2013. By ...

Do "speak no evil" obits inform readers?

U-T's encomium on Red Scott omitted key details

"Speak no evil of the dead," is advice that many newspapers follow in a non-paid obituary. However, many of the ...

Eight arrested in Vista minor decoy tobacco operations

The Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS) division out of the Vista Sheriff’s Station over the weekend conducted a ...

Mayor Filner proposes cutting City Attorney budget. City Attorney responds with $2,500 gift to Republican Party

Goldsmith's latest disclosure shows a $2,500 donation to the local GOP party one day after Filner releases draft budget proposal

Mayor Bob Filner's proposal to pay for additional public services by cutting more than $1 million from City Attorney Jan ...

Food truck operators accuse the City of San Diego of harassment in new lawsuit

Code compliance officers now issuing citations to all food trucks, even those on private property

Code enforcement officers in San Diego have been busy serving up a wide assortment of citations to food trucks throughout ...

Hotel moguls spent $19,000 lobbying in Filner funding war, report says

Same lobbyist used by billionaire Irwin Jacobs for failed Plaza de Panama makeover employed in battle to force mayor to sign Sanders-negotiated deal

Another major San Diego controversy has paid off big for MJE Marketing Services, Inc., the influence peddling firm that was ...

Missing 19 year old Tijuana woman sought

Martha Lucía Cruz Macleod has been missing since March 22nd

Authorities in Tijuana are asking for help in locating a missing 19 year old woman. Martha Lucía Cruz Macleod has ...

General Atomics website spoofed by drone protest group

San Diego’s General Atomics found itself the victim of an international hoax complete with a fake website and an individual ...

Where are potential tax cheats? San Diego, perhaps

IRS data point to clusters of possible small business chiselers

The Associated Press today (April 14) has a story on where tax cheats are likely to be clustered, according to ...

Settlement reached in City's lawsuit over downtown assessment district's errant engineer's report

Court documents show the City Attorney and SCI Consulting have come to terms in case of overcharged assessments on Property-based Improvement District

The mess over a faulty engineer's report which resulted in thousands of downtown residents being overcharged hundreds of thousands of ...

Defense will begin case Monday in alleged-caregiver-abuse trial

Man accused of mistreating his patient protests that evidence was destroyed

An Escondido police investigator said a woman brought computer parts to him inside a kitchen waste bin. “The card was ...

He defrauded clients, then plotted their murders

Ramona's Steven Martinez gets almost 24 years in prison

Former Internal Revenue Service agent Steven Martinez of Ramona today (April 12) was sentenced to 286 months (almost 24 years) ...

Past and present officials from three South Bay school districts arraigned

Trial date set for alleged pay-to-play defendants.

On April 12, in the South Bay courthouse, officials and ex-officials from the South County school districts were arraigned. Despite ...

Downtown lobbyist from Carlsbad seeking San Diego city council seat

Interim president and CEO of Terry Brown-backed lobbying group seeks redrawn sixth council district spot, filing says

Chris J. Cate, interim president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association - the lobbying organization that has ...

Spring Valley man reports marijuana stolen by police impersonator

Yesterday morning (April 11), shortly before noon a Spring Valley man called authorities to report the theft of his marijuana ...

Pendleton's "Godfather" charged with bribery

Construction supervisor Cervantes allegedly extorted bribes from contractors

Natividad Lara "Nate" Cervantes, who referred to himself as the "Godfather at Camp Pendleton," was arraigned today (April 12) on ...

Del Mar prepares to enact measure to allow food trucks back into city

After a considerable delay and multiple extensions of an emergency ban on the licensing of gourmet food trucks within its ...

Lakeside security guard shootout story a hoax

An alleged shootout involving a security guard in Lakeside on April 5 turns out to have been a hoax. Around ...

David Copley's "Foxhole" mansion on sale for $7.95 million

15,300 square feet, nine full baths, three half-baths.

Former Union-Tribune publisher and owner David Copley, who died at age 60, in the 1970s built a small home and ...

Fugitive apprehended in Encinitas

Suspected motorcycle thief escaped custody last night at hospital

Sheriff’s deputies apprehended 18 year-old escaped fugitive Isaac Nachbar at a residence on the 100 block of Calle Magdalena in ...

Mayor Filner calls on City Attorney Goldsmith to drop the lawsuit against City retirement system

Mayor and SDCERS president Herb Morgan will appear tomorrow to issue a public request to Goldsmith

Just when all the tensions between Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith over the Tourist Marketing District started ...

Former Arellano Félix attorney killed in Tijuana

Attorney who represented drug lord executed in broad daylight

A former attorney of the Tijuana drug boss Benjamín Arellano Félix was killed on Thursday, April 11th. El-Mexicano first reported ...

Computer expert said card containing evidence was intentionally destroyed

Video on the damaged computer card was not recoverable, expert said

A computer expert testified today that he was shown a card which supposedly contained video evidence, and he concluded, “It ...

Save Our Heritage Organisation defends The Castle, sues City Council to return building's historical designation

Lawsuit filed on April 8th looks to overturn appeal granted by city council.

Fresh off their victory over the Plaza de Panama project, historic preservation group Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) is heading ...

UCSD-developed video game aims to turn kids into Java programmers

UC San Diego computer scientists and graduate students are taking a once-novel approach to getting kids as young as elementary ...

With horses dying, Del Mar's political giving very much alive

Del Mar track money to California politicos is healthier than ever, disclosure shows

Whether horse racing is good for horses or not, one thing appears sure, it's great for political fundraisers. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/apr/11/43565/ A ...

SeaWorld going public. Don't bite.

Deal has fishy smell. Insiders will make out like bandits

SeaWorld Entertainment, including San Diego's facility and Chula Vista's Soak City water park, intends to go public this week at ...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission says no new danger in San Onofre license amendment

Plans for restarting one of the two reactors at San Onofre Nuclear Generating station took a step forward yesterday, as ...

Judge denied access to man who abused mom

Fifty-three-year-old man admitted felony assault on his mother in Oceanside

“He assaulted his 92-year-old mother with his fists,” said Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty. The prosecutor had evidence photos of ...

Development Impact Fees to drop in Mission Valley

More units coming to Mission Valley means developers will pay less per unit.

On Tuesday, city councilmembers will decide whether to decrease the amount in fees that developers are required to pay for ...

"Papa Doug" backs a Bush with lunch at UT San Diego headquarters

$1000 a person luncheon set to raise Texas campaign cash in newspaper's "Headliners Club," invite says

Fresh from a dust up over the price of campaign ads sold to favored San Diego candidates, UT San Diego ...

City Attorney weighs in on formation of downtown arts and entertainment district

Suggests a pilot program as a way to discover any future legal liabilities

Brighter lights; same city. That may be the case if the City decides to move forward with turning a 65-block ...

You're still paying fat percentage of income for your home

Consolation: it's a bit lower than in the pre-bubble years

Because of the startlingly low interest rates (3% to 4% mortgages), Americans are devoting a lower percentage of their monthly ...

Hunger strike ends, though no resolution in sight

Hotel workers protest new management's use of E-Verify system to disqualify 9 employees

About 50 supporters gathered outside the Hilton Mission Valley yesterday afternoon (April 9) to congratulate the self-styled “San Diego Nine” ...

Jefferson: Most unemployed lawyers AND most indebted

More than 31% of Jefferson law grads jobless nine months from graduation

According to the Business Insider, 31% of San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law 2012 grads did not have a ...

Mexicali received highest number of deportees in 2012

Baja California highest state, Mexicali highest city for deportations

The Baja California city of Mexicali topped the chart for most deportees received in the year 2012, according to a ...

Accuser in alleged abuse trial is asked to explain the other video

Mom has to explain her other son putting his disabled brother in a choke-hold

A woman who has accused two caregivers of mistreating her autistic son was asked today to explain video showing her ...

Soros-backed group funds four local nonprofits

Groups tasked with developing plan to "increase marginalized communities' influence"

Open Society Foundations, a nonprofit whose stated mission is to “build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and ...

Dumanis draws first re-election opponent

Heavily backed by Evans hotel family and other local financial interests, incumbent District Attorney already out fundraising for 2014

San Diego county District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis - who badly lost her bid for mayor last year, but has already ...

City and Police Chief sued for civil rights violations at Children's Pool in La Jolla

Man says police targeted him for his pro-seal views.

Children's Pool isn't just a safe spot for Harbor Seals to breed and raise pups. It also is a first-rate ...

Edison pushes for quick approval of plan for June 1 restart at San Onofre

Formal license amendment submitted to NRC, utility wants answer by May 24

Southern California Edison, operator of the long-idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, confirmed yesterday afternoon (April 8) that it had ...

$350 million casino to rise in Jamul, Dulzura area

Joint project of Jamul Indian Village and Penn National Gaming

Jamul Indian Village, which has six acres of trust land, plans to build a Hollywood-branded $360 million casino 20 miles ...

Jury shown video clips alleging abuse of autistic adult

Courtroom observers wonder what is actually seen in the grainy video

Michael Dale Garritson, who has been a Registered Nurse for thirty years, is accused of felony abuse in his handling ...

Whistleblower David Peffer resigns from UCAN

Board continues to cover up financial wrongdoing, he says

David Peffer, who informed the board of Utllity Consumers' Action Network of financial irregularities, has resigned, saying the new board ...

El Cajon tobacco dealer gets four years in prison

Salam Kalasho evaded state excise taxes

El Cajon's Salam Kalasho has been sentenced to four years in prison for evading state excise taxes in the sale ...

Five arrested following San Marcos house party armed robberies

A group of five men between the ages of 18 and 22 were arrested early Saturday morning on multiple charges ...

U.S. grant for "urban surveillance" drone run from Point Loma naval base

University of Arizona professor working on "tracking and shepherding " drone overseen by San Diego naval research office

The robotic birds aren't flying over Point Loma just yet, but according to a document posted online by Muckrock, a ...

Jamul casino finds new backers

Dormant since last year, new investors say construction could start late 2013

Cue the East County land battles: Jamul Indian Village, the Kumeyaay tribe with a small six-acre reservation in the rural ...

New evidence in Brittany Killgore murder case

More documents said to be handwritten by defendant Dorothy Maraglino

The District Attorney’s office gained access last week to more evidence, said to be handwritten documents created by one of ...

Alleged L.A. child rapist possibly seen in Tijuana

Tobias Summers possibly spotted in Zona Norte

The Associated Press reported, in the early hours of Sunday, April 7th, that authorities are still looking for an alleged ...

Older man accused of harming autistic man in his care

Defense attorneys complain that video evidence has been selectively edited

Opening statements are set to begin Monday morning, in a jury trial for an adult care-giver accused of harming an ...

Report: Bilzerian, one-time Spanos associate, stashed bucks offshore

Spanos involved in takeover with him before Bilzerian went to prison

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has released a devastating study of offshore tax havens, indicating that as much as ...

Suspects sought in Spring Valley attempted kidnapping

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for help in identifying two men who attempted to abduct a 17 year-old girl in the ...

Local nonprofit receives $100,000 grant for homeless, disadvantaged youth services

Embrace, a nonprofit dedicated to “the promotion of social and physical wellness programs that serve underprivileged communities,” announced this week ...

San Diego hotel mogul's political reach extends to Big Apple

Evans Hotel executive, key fundraiser behind San Diego council's Todd Gloria, contributes cash to New York's bribery-torn mayor's race

Robert Gleason, the CFO and general counsel at Evans Hotels - one of three homegrown San Diego hotel empires behind ...

KPBS investigation: U-T discounted anti-Filner ads

Practice appears to be violation of campaign finance rules

KPBS and inewsource, in an excellent investigative report released this morning (April 5), reveal what many San Diegans suspected: the ...

Port inks deal with Los Angeles for police cross-training

San Diego’s Harbor Police Department, administered by the Port of San Diego, has announced that it will execute a joint ...

“La Jefa” drug queen nabbed in Tijuana

Alleged top drug trafficker arrested by state police

The Baja California state police carried out an operation, on April 4th, that resulted in the arrest of an alleged ...

Shocker: nation adds only 88,000 jobs in March

Participation rate drops. Maybe economy not bouncing back as predicted

The U.S. economy added only 88,000 jobs in March, according to the monthly Labor Department report issued this morning (April ...

Ex-coach who bribed a USD player gets a year behind bars

Thaddeus Brown paid to influence games, then placed bets in Vegas

Former University of San Diego assistant basketball coach Thaddeus Brown was sentenced today (April 4) to a year in custody ...

Strange South Bay Bedfellows

Supervisor Greg Cox endorses Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO for the San Diego-Imperial County Labor Council

On April 4 San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox endorsed Lorena Gonzalez for the 80th Assembly District Seat. The district ...

Hunger strike: hotel worker protests intensify

Union to protest use of E-Verify program at former Hilton Mission Valley

The Hilton Mission Valley hotel — scene of several large protests by members of the Unite Here Local 30 labor ...

Trial date set for Valley Center man accused in pit bull attack

Jose Ledesma pleads not guilty to four misdemeanors, failing to control dogs

A trial date was confirmed for later this month, for a Valley Center man accused of failing to control dogs ...

Court hearing delayed for boy charged as adult in murder case

Sheriff said it was a gang confrontation in Vista park, last November

A hearing for a 16-year-old boy charged with murder was delayed this morning, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse. ...

MTS to give soda and snacks to Padres fans

Don't eat snacks on trolley or drink soda at stadium

The Metropolitan Transit System is adding a perk to attract trolley ridership on Opening Day for the Padres next Tuesday, ...

Vargas backs bill that would allow big bank bailouts

In short time in Congress, he has received $14,500 from 4 major banks

The 2010 Dodd-Frank bill requires banks to spin off their derivatives activity into non-bank subsidiaries that can't rush to the ...

City Attorney finds a way to bypass court ruling against Plaza de Panama Project

Project can be exempt if the application is amended. If approved, even mayoral veto may not be able to stop it.

Legal or not here the bypass bridge comes. In coming weeks it appears that San Diego's city councilmembers will revisit ...

Authorities ask Baja citizens to be on look for alleged L.A. child rapist

Fugitive who allegedly kidnapped and raped 10 year old girl possibly fled to Mexico

Authorities across California and Baja California are looking for a suspect in the rape of a 10 year old Los ...

Bill would require financial justification as part of nuclear re-licensing process

Nuclear watchdog group Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, which has distinguished itself for questioning the cost effectiveness rather than safety of ...

Prosecutor revealed details in alleged gang shooting of two children

Four persons, using multiple guns, shot children sitting on a couch in a park, DA said

Four persons could face life in prison without parole, now they are charged with the special circumstance of multiple-murders, in ...

SD home values not in bubble, says Cunningham

Home price rise consistent with economic gains, should continue rise

San Diego home prices, which rose 9.8% between January 2012 and January 2013, are probably not in a bubble, says ...

Peregrine II? ServiceNow insiders, including Moores, dumping shares

Former Peregrine insiders Moores, Noell, Luddy jettisoning stock quickly

Richard Pearson of Seeking Alpha has an excellent story, dated April 1, on massive insider selling at San Diego's ServiceNow, ...

U.S. audit hits San Diego non-profit housing operation for $5 million trust fund misuse

Bay Vista Methodist Heights used millions in restricted funds for "ineligible operating expenses," HUD review finds

A non-profit corporation founded in 1966 by the late Grandison Phelps, Jr., pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church for ...

Democrats Castaneda, Gonzalez certified as ballot candidates for 80th district state assembly special election

The race to replace Ben Hueso is on, as Secretary of State Debra Bowen yesterday (April 2) certified the candidacies ...

Former City employee who was fired for falling asleep on the job is suing the City of San Diego

Sanchez Birdsong claims he was fired for having sleep apnea.

A former Assistant Water Distribution Operator for the City of San Diego has filed suit against the City for wrongful ...

Border Patrol reports handful of unusual apprehensions

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents in the Imperial Valley were kept busy last weekend, apprehending a wanted gang member, ...

Man accused of cooking wife did not make court appearance today

Neighbors had complained of bad smell coming from the Oceanside home

A man accused of cooking his wife in three pans simmering on the stovetop in their Oceanside home last November, ...

Man fatally shot Encinitas neighbor then threatened his girlfriend, DA says

Two workers who were hired by the shooter may be eye-witnesses

A man who fatally shot his neighbor, then threatened the victim’s girlfriend when she came out to investigate the noise, ...

American woman arrested with stolen debit cards in Tijuana

24 year old found with 7 stolen cards in Zona Centro

A 24 year old United States citizen was arrested Monday, April 1st, in Tijuana by municipal authorities while in possession ...

Deputy said he noticed heroin user in Vista restaurant

Needles and spoon and baggie of dope reportedly found on suspect

Deputy Marco Weston said he was eating at a Mexican food restaurant in Vista, with his sergeant, when he noticed ...

UCAN: supposedly, revenue should have gone into different year

Draft of new IRS filing raises questions of accounting under new management

According to a March 30 article in the Union-Tribune, the new management of deeply troubled watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network ...

Southern California Edison prepares draft license amendment for San Onofre

Operator seeks to redefine "full power" as 70% of reactor capacity

Southern California Edison, operator of the long-idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, has tentatively submitted paperwork for a license amendment ...

San Diego city attorney dances to lobbyists' tune in banquet video

Video posted by business lobbying group features Jan Goldsmith in chorus line to "help us roast our new mayor"

Lobbyists' banquets have not always been kind to Republican city attorney Jan Goldsmith. Back in February, newly elected Democratic mayor ...

Another unreported DeMaio contribution disclosed by Sheppard Mullin law firm

Tally of previously undisclosed San Diego political contributions by hoteliers' law firm mounts, shedding additional light on anti-Filner money

Add another $500 to the list of campaign contributions heretofore undisclosed by the San Diego office of Sheppard Mullin, the ...

Carlsbad adding, widening bike lanes as part of street improvement project

The City of Carlsbad says it will add or widen a handful of bicycle lanes in the coming months as ...

Drones big boost for county economy

As controversy intensifies, SD listening most intently, says Daily Beast

San Diego County is home to the two largest drone makers, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman. Smaller local ...

Aeroméxico adds route from L.A. to Loreto, Baja California Sur

New route to service growing tourists in central BCS

New flights began on March 24th, 2013, between Los Angeles, CA and the central Baja California Sur (BCS) city of ...

14 East County youth arrested in curfew sweeps

A curfew sweep last week resulted in the arrest of 14 minors in the East County communities of Santee, Lakeside, ...

Senate bill tackles H-1B reform to protect American workers

Iowa Sen. Grassley's bill would require employers to try to hire Americans first

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill in March that would protect American ...

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