News Ticker Entries for February, 2013

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Accreditor puts Bridgepoint on notice

It's one more concern about for-profit university's accreditation

Bridgepoint Education, the extremely controversial for-profit educational operation, posted a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today (Feb. ...

Medical marijuana proponents petition for removal of US Attorney Duffy

The San Diego chapter of medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access has launched an online petition calling for ...

Filner sets up ballot battle committee

New campaign fund of San Diego mayor could dramatically up ante in war with San Diego's big three hoteliers demanding cash payouts from city hall

The epic battle involving San Diego's big three hotel owners, their city council ally Todd Gloria, and Democratic mayor Bob ...

$2.1 million police vehicle purchase approved

San Diego’s City Council on February 26 approved an expenditure of $2.1 million to purchase 76 vehicles to replace the ...

Overnight jail fight at Chula Vista facility, Sheriff says

One prisoner went to hospital, no deputies injured

There was a fight between inmates at the Chula Vista detention facility last night, which resulted in one prisoner being ...

Escondido man on trial for murder after head-on collision

Repeat felon was high on heroin and driving stolen vehicle, prosecutor said

An Escondido man is on trial for murder, after he allegedly caused a fatal head-on collision driving a stolen car ...

Peevey, supposed to be neutral, pushed secretly for Pio Pico

CPUC head requested another agency to write a letter to help SDGE

Tomorrow (Feb. 28), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) votes on whether to permit San Diego Gas & Electric to ...

San Onofre shutdown costs now over $400 million

The cost of the ongoing emergency shutdown at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has topped $400 million for plant operator ...

County supervisors quietly assign selves lucrative board gigs

Fight over stipend-laden planning and airport board seats at city eclipses low-key self-awards at county

It was an epic struggle last month between Bob Filner and fellow Democrat Todd Gloria - the politically ambitious, developer ...

SDGE still hopeful it will screw you

But annual report says if it can't, it will record a charge

On December 20, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) turned down an attempt by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) ...

City appeals judge's decision to award former pension officials over $5 million in damages

Representative for City Attorney to appear in court on Friday to get out of paying legal fees.

The City of San Diego is still embroiled in the legal fight surrounding the estimated $2 billion hit it took ...

San Diego schools superintendent announces retirement plan

Next leader will be sixth installed in eight years

San Diego Unified School District has announced that superintendent Bill Kowba will step down on June 30, following the conclusion ...

Man arrested for murder could not make plea today

Arraignment of Kevin Coset was delayed by defense attorneys

A frightened-looking young man was brought into court today, but he did not hear the charges alleged against him, because ...

Yet another lawsuit being cooked up by hotelier-run district, notice reveals

Friday meeting agenda shows so-called tourism board run by C. Terry Brown is not yet done suing

Hotel workers are complaining they don't make enough scratch, and hotel owners say they are afraid for their own sizable ...

Appeals court scuttles Encore robo-signing settlement

Thirty-eight states said payment "paltry"; stock plunges 7.21%

Stock of Encore Capital, which purchases defaulted consumer receivables, plummeted 7.21% today (Feb. 26) to $29.08 after a federal appeals ...

San Diego Tourism Authority plans to spend more than 44 percent of hotel tax on staff salaries so far this year

A big portion of revenues from hotel assessment goes to pay salaries, taxes, and benefits for ConVis employees

Proponents of San Diego's Tourism Marketing District spoke out in favor of the two percent assessment on hotel rooms at ...

Tijuana man arrested for teen sexual exploitation plot

Suspect met 13 year old girl on Facebook and began fake relationship

A Tijuana man was arrested on February 23rd, for allegedly luring a 13 year old girl to the city for ...

San Diego home values keep rising

Again, SD prices top those of top 20 markets

San Diego home values rose 0.4% in December from November, topping the 0.2% rise of the top 20 markets, according ...

Save Our Heritage Organisation urges Gloria not to pursue Municipal Code change

Numerous other hurdles could arise in fight over Plaza de Panama revamp plan, group says

Tensions over plans to remove parking and vehicle traffic from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama have once again been reignited, ...

Radio investment adviser charged with fraud

La Jolla's George Charles Cody Price touted expertise on "The Wealth Weekend Hour"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged La Jolla investment adviser George Charles Cody Price, and his company, ABS ...

City council hears Tourism Marketing District comments as union hotel workers unveil a new lawsuit

Brigette Browning and Sergio Gonzales, representing the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 30, announced the filing of a lawsuit ...

Convicted Temecula con man is filing appeals

Hawaiian prosecutor is "very interested," according to local attorney

A convicted con man has filed motions appealing his conviction and for reconsideration of sentence and to return property that ...

Woman reportedly shared a baby picture while attempting check fraud

Suspect shared photo of her one-year-old son, detective said

A beautiful young Latina woman reportedly shared a baby photo, saved in her cell phone, with a bank teller before ...

Escondido stolen vehicle suspect in court

Oil dipstick is reportedly tool for car thieves, cops say

Jason Albert Scaparo, 36, was in court today charged with stolen vehicle. Escondido police officer William Havens said he joined ...

Another potential lawsuit in Hotel Tax issue, this time over how district plans to pay for lawsuit against City

Attorney for San Diegans for Open Government warns of another lawsuit if TMD board moves forward with case against the City

Two days after the Tourism Marketing District Board announced it would be suing the City for failing to follow through ...

Over 7.5 tons of marijuana seized in Tijuana

Large seizures continue in Tijuana as authorities fight major trafficking operations

Several busts occurred during the week of February 17th, which netted over 7.5 tons of marijuana in the city of ...

Sheriff's Department busts two rural marijuana grows

Sheriff’s deputies are reporting two significant marijuana busts in rural San Diego County communities. In Ramona, the Sheriff’s SWAT team ...

SDG&E parent Sempra Energy raises dividend

An order from the California Public Utilities Commission that San Diego Gas & Electric justify charges to its ratepayers of ...

Hotel titan leading legal war against Democrat Filner had role in San Diego Nixon scandal

C. Terry Brown helped fund controversial effort to bring 1972 GOP convention to Richard Nixon's "lucky city"

The date was March 9, 1972, and San Diego's hopes to host that year's Republican convention were quickly unraveling. Lobbyist ...

Mayor Filner, City Council and City Attorney Goldsmith to discuss Tourism Marketing District during closed session meeting

Meeting to discuss lawsuit brought on by government activist which challenges the validity of the TMD

Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will square off once again over the fate of the controversial Toursim ...

Advocacy group closely tied to big hotel owner backs legal attack on Filner

Executive board of business lobbying group includes Mike McDowell, vice president of corporate affairs for Atlas Hotels

As reported earlier this week by Dorian Hargove, city councilman Todd Gloria, who is not a particularly close ally of ...

SDGE, SCE must justify charging customers for idle San Onofre

You have paid $115 to $140 yearly as nuclear plant has been closed

An administrative law judge of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that Southern California Edison (SCE) and San ...

Declining to take public questions, tax-backed tourism board votes to sue Filner

Four of nine marketing district board members skip controversial vote to sue San Diego mayor over disputed two-percent hotel levy

After an unexpectedly long meeting behind closed doors early this afternoon, five of the nine members of the San Diego ...

Cipher expert hired to decode message in murder case

Source says disguised communication found in defendant's jail cell

The District Attorney’s office may have hired a cipher expert to decode a document found in the jail cell of ...

Housing sales, values both nose dive in January

Typical winter sales doldrums, along with a continued tight housing supply, contributed to a decline in home sales in January, ...

New airport maps could influence land use, disclosure requirements in Point Loma/Ocean Beach

The San Diego County Airport Authority is nearing completion on a two year long project to update its Airport Land ...

La Jolla likely to keep "Christmas" in parade name

Talk of name change surfaces, but movement does not appear strong enough

La Jolla has 40,000 people, and about 12,000 are Jewish, according to the San Diego Jewish Journal, using figures from ...

Tourism Marketing District has some economic incentive...for city councilmembers

City councilmembers have collected more than $42,000 from top three hotel companies part of TMD

For Monday's council hearing, council president Todd Gloria is planning to shed some light on the controversy surrounding the Tourism ...

Humphrey's owner voted to sue San Diego mayor

Wealthy hotelier who runs internationally famous Shelter Island concert venue is vice-chairman of hotel tax district at center of Filner storm

San Diego's famed Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, where musical acts all the way from Tony Bennett to the Goo ...

Registrar seeking poll workers for special elections

The county Registrar of Voters is scrambling to fill temporary poll worker positions for two upcoming special elections: one to ...

Suspects arrested in string of East County 7-Eleven robberies

El Cajon Police have arrested two suspects tied to a spree of robberies, all occurring at East County 7-Eleven convenience ...

Oceanside burglar handed out flyers with her name and phone number

Sentenced to prison for string of first-degree burglaries

A Vista woman passed out “lost dog” flyers, with her true name and phone number, while she was casing homes ...

California brothers found dead in Mexicali

Two men from Calexico murdered in neighboring Mexicali

Two brothers, who were U.S. citizens from Calexico, California, were found dead in an abandoned gas station in Mexicali, Baja ...

Disgraced Carlsbad cop has completed his “treatment”

Former police detective took evidence in front of witnesses

Michael Christian Koch admitted burglary, when he took heroin from the evidence room at Carlsbad police headquarters, the crime happened ...

Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash expects 22 years prison

Escondido man admitted manslaughter in plea deal

An Escondido man admitted gross vehicular manslaughter, and causing injury to multiple victims, and fleeing after a fatal car crash, ...

New proposal from Mayor's Office opens commercial areas to medical marijuana dispensaries

New zones would include some commercial and light industrial areas.

Medical Marijuana patients in San Diego may not have to travel to remote industrial areas to get their medication, that ...

Alleged Mexican Mafia enforcer sent to prison

Gangster admitted assaulting blacks in Escondido

An admitted Escondido gangster was sentenced to 17 years State prison last month, on January 16, 2013. Ulysses Ocampo, now ...

Metropolitan Transit System offering laptops as prizes in essay contest

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is turning to college-bound high school seniors for help in scouting out ideas to ...

New lawsuit challenges extension of rope at La Jolla Children's Pool

Lawsuit claims 22-foot extension of rope barrier in violation of the Coastal Development Permit

The La Jolla Children's Pool may be in need of a name change. A better name for the "public park, ...

Escondido "skin-head" gets prison term

Now 25, he began his felony career when 18-years-old

A man described as a “documented skin head” was sentenced to more than 2 years State prison, on burglary and ...

Does San Diego's City Attorney have conflict of interest in hoteliers' legal attack on mayor?

GOP's Goldsmith heavily backed by big hotel interests and lobbyists threatening to sue Democrat Filner in cash dispute

With the looming threat of a lawsuit against the city of San Diego and mayor Bob Filner by the so-called ...

Shots fired when San Marcos man attempts to reclaim stolen bicycle

A San Marcos man attempting to recover a stolen BMX bike narrowly avoided being wounded by gunshots late in the ...

Former Marines charged for false travel, lodging claims

This one even tops phony corporate expense accounts

Two former Reserve Marine Sergeants, Luis Gilbert Menchaca and Manuel Ramos Padilla, have pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and ...

The fix may be in on Pio Pico power plant

Clearly conflicted CPUC commissioner changes her mind, decides to vote

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) is pushing for three gas-fired power plants: Quail Brush, near Mission Trails Regional Park; ...

San Diego paramedic says Fire Department officials targeted him for his military service

Navy reservist claims Fire Department officials disciplined him for reporting for military duty

San Diego paramedic, Michael Meoli, no longer wants to be punished for being a Navy Reservist. On February 6, the ...

Business owners invited to claim their share of $7B settlement

All businesses that accepted Visa/MasterCard between 2004-2012 eligible for partial "swipe fee" refund

Thousands of local businesses could be eligible to claim a portion of a $7 billion settlement offered by Visa and ...

Lawyer for hotel owners planning to sue city can't say who will pay his fee

Litigation targeting San Diego mayor yet to gain final approval and will be debated at February 22 meeting at the Bahia Hotel, attorney says

Who will pay the tab for that prospective lawsuit against the city of San Diego regarding Democratic mayor Bob Filner's ...

Car theft suspects arrested in El Cajon

Police in El Cajon have two suspects in custody after a cruiser equipped with an automated license plate reader alerted ...

55 years for federal courthouse pipe bomber

B. Donny Love, Sr., the final defendant convicted for use of a weapon of mass destruction in relation to a ...

Labor group talks transit plans

A Better San Diego, a community outreach group sponsored largely by local labor unions, held its latest monthly community breakfast ...

DeMaio backers behind Tourism Marketing District attack Filner in U-T San Diego

U-T San Diego, run by GOP hotel magnate Douglas Manchester, not pleased with Democratic mayor's self-styled reform plan for city "tourism" subsidies

The San Diego Tourism Marketing District, TMD for short, has long been a fixture at city hall, funneling $30 million ...

Two District 4 candidates pulling ahead in campaign cash

Myrtle Cole leading the pack in campaign contributions with thousands more than her closest opponent

Out of the nine candidates running for the District Four council seat, two are pulling ahead of the pack in ...

Intoxicated bank robber caught in Vista

Sheriff’s deputies over the weekend arrested 27 year-old Kevin Krutz on charges of being under the influence of a controlled ...

San Diego city council surrenders in costly Catholic school case

Closed session council vote approves $500,000 payment and authorizes permits for controversial Our Lady of Peace expansion

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in Normal Heights [See update at bottom of item] will finally be allowed ...

City sued for failing to maintain swing sets in Mission Bay Park

Girl claims she sustained serious injuries after the seat on a swing snapped in half

The stack of needed infrastructure repairs in the City of San Diego doesn't seem to be getting any thinner. And ...

Gambling hypocrisy: Padres protested wagering facility near Petco

But racing board approved Tilted Kilt Pub and Restaurant

On January 17, the California Racing Board unanimously approved a new mini-satellite gambling facility near the right field bleachers of ...

Two month delay for alleged South Bay corruption cases

Frustrated South Bay residents unable to be seated in tiny courtroom

Once again on February 15 the wheels of justice did not roll forward. Arraignments for 14 defendants in alleged pay-to-play ...

Del Mar again extending ban on food trucks

City looking to other coastal locales over a 10 month span while considering special laws to apply to mobile vendors

After extending a 45 day moratorium on issuing licenses to food truck vendors to 90 days last month, the Del ...

Did genes condemn O'Connor to gambling compulsion?

Late father of ex-San Diego mayor brought down by $1 billion in gambling debts was celebrated San Diego bookie

Jerome O'Connor was laid to rest in September 1992 at the age of 87, followed just thirteen days later by ...

Physicians: heal thyselves, says state medical board

Kickbacks, sexual advances, drunken rampage allegedly involved in charges

The Medical Board of California has made charges against three San Diego County physicians. M. Tarek Kady is charged with ...

Public Utilities Commission rejects complaint of over-billing at San Onofre

A complaint filed February 13 alleging that San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison potentially overcharged by as ...

"Mayor Mo" stole $2 million from late husband's foundation

She made, then lost $1 billion in gambling, lost even more, and plundered funds

Maureen O'Connor, mayor of San Diego from 1986 to 1992, entered into a "deferred prosecution" agreement today (Feb. 14) for ...

Foundation at heart of O'Connor scandal was big donor to San Diego police; John Burton Foundation

The R.P. Foundation, one-time funnel for the charitable giving and wheeling and dealing by late Jack-in-the-Box millionaire Robert O. Peterson, plays major role in ex-mayor’s case

At the center of today's breaking federal case against former San Diego mayor Maureen O'Connor is a foundation deeply rooted ...

FreePB lawsuit tossed by federal court judge

Group is not a victim of discrimination due to city's denial of event permit request

Free Parks and Beaches for San Diego, the group behind the FreePB.org site, has been denied in its quest to ...

Capitol Hill's top two personal debtors hail from San Diego, analysis finds

North County mega-millionaire Republican and newly elected La Jolla Democrat not eager to talk about places on congressional debtor list

Two San Diego county congressman rank at the very top of the list of Congress's biggest debtors, but neither are ...

Complaint alleges overbilling on San Onofre generator replacement

Utility could have charged up to $100 million too much based on incorrect inflation calculation

The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility on February 13 filed a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission alleging, among other ...

Ex-Sanders aide gets $6,000 a month for Balboa Park centennial role

Former mayoral staffer who played key role promoting city-funded Balboa Park centennial plans and failed parking makeover now working for project's non-profit sponsor, co-chairman says

An ex-Union-Tribune reporter who left the paper to become a top aide to GOP mayor Jerry Sanders is now working ...

Hit-and-run driver gets 2 years State prison

Korean immigrant ran over bicyclist in Rancho Santa Fe

A Korean immigrant was sentenced to 2 years in prison today, for a hit-and-run collision in which he killed an ...

UT San Diego's sale of the North County Times campus in Escondido in limbo

Well after the 90-day escrow, the charter school has yet to obtain a permit or funds for the campus.

It didn't take long for Doug Manchester and John Lynch to start selling assets that came with the $12 million ...

Car burglars captured in Santee

Sheriff's Department seeking other potential victims of duo captured Monday

Sheriff’s deputies in Santee are asking victims of recent car burglaries in and around the city to come forward following ...

State releases rail plans, calls public meetings for feedback

California’s railroad planners are set to release their long-term plans for the future of rail in the state, including the ...

San Diego ranked 2nd safest large city in U.S.

Recent list compiled on FBI statistics gives California cities high rankings

A recent list released, created by CQ Press and compiled on FBI statistics, ranks San Diego as the 2nd safest ...

Oops! NFL team official slips up and tells the truth

"Unwise investments [subsidized stadiums] are strictly for the taxpayer saps."

The Miami Dolphins football team is seeking a $200 million subsidy for renovation of its stadium -- at a time ...

County will spend $2 million-plus on rubberized road treatments

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted in a unanimous decision to move forward with a plan to ...

FINRA disciplines two brokers

Also charges unauthorized use of customer's credit card

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has announced discipline against two San Diego County brokers, both of whom neither confirmed ...

So is Manchester negotiating to buy LA Times?

La Jolla Patch says that Manchester misunderstood a question

The La Jolla Patch reported at almost midnight Monday (Feb. 11) that U-T San Diego publisher Papa Doug Manchester mistakenly ...

Kiss statue returns to San Diego Bay

Installation began Monday, February 11 of a bronze recreation of Unconditional Surrender, the controversial statue depicting a sailor kissing a ...

Lawyer Stocker disbarred over child pornography

He met probation requirements and his conviction was expunged.

San Diego lawyer Frederick John Stocker was disbarred Dec. 19, 2012, according to the February California Bar Journal. He had ...

Tijuana hotel raided in search for Dorner

Mexico border on high alert in search of fugitive

A Tijuana hotel was raided early Monday evening, February 11th, in search of United States fugitive Christopher Dorner. The Hotel ...

Two persons ran from stolen vehicle in Valley Center, deputies say

One suspect allegedly wearing clothing taken from the car

Deputy John Johnson said he tried to pull over a car that was leaving Rancho Corrido Campgrounds in Valley Center, ...

Jury: female Border Patrol agent guilty of battery

Off-duty Border Patrol agent attacked another woman in Del Mar

Late today, a jury declared a female Border Patrol agent guilty of battery on another woman, after a public event ...

CPUC to hold public hearings on San Onofre in Costa Mesa

Later, there will be a second set of hearings in San Diego County

On February 21, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold public hearings on the mess at the San Onofre ...

Todd Gloria still ready to move forward on Plaza de Panama Project

Council President asks City Attorney for guidance on how to get the ball rolling on the project.

Opponents of the Plaza de Panama Project should have known it would take more than a decision from a Superior ...

Violent week in Tijuana with 12 homicides recorded

Despite increase in homicides, violence mainly isolated to certain neighborhoods

According to figures released by the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal (SSPM or Secretary of Municipal Public Security), Tijuana recorded ...

Filner "Special Events" committee reports big special interest cash

SDG&E, Chargers, downtown lobbyists listed on disclosure of mayor's inaugural and state of the city events

San Diego's new Democratic mayor Bob Filner has become locally famous for frequently showing up around town for various community ...

San Diego a hot singles market

According to Zillow, SD ranks high for those seeking love

In honor of Valentine's Day, Zillow.com programmed its computers to search for the best markets for people under 35 seeking ...

How to get a drivers license: pay a bribe

DMV office supervisor one of those charged in bribery conspiracy

Jesse Mario Bryan, who supervised licensing examiners at the Department of Motor Vehicles in El Cajon, was criminally charged today ...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission will launch Boxer's requested investigation

Days after Senator Barbara Boxer called for a full federal investigation of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on ...

When newspaper racks attack: UT San Diego named in two lawsuits for poorly maintained newspaper racks

Paper sued for failing to maintain newspaper vending machines

As if San Diego's cracked sidewalks and bumpy streets weren't bad enough. Now another hazard appears to be putting pedestrians ...

Doug Manchester's Texas lobbying team bankrolls Rick Perry

Lobbying and campaign disclosure records show wealthy La Jolla Republican retains Austin influence peddling firm closely linked to GOP governor

U-T San Diego says it is worried about California’s economic future in the wake of Texas governor Rick Perry's Pacific ...

Watchdog report shows how Wall Street law firms manipulate SEC

Villain is "revolving door" -- securities agency lawyers getting hired by white shoe firms

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) released this morning (Feb. 11) another report on how Wall Street law firms influence ...

Supercross sweeps effective in nabbing DUI drivers

The local AVOID DUI Task Force, administered by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and, in this case, assisted by six ...

Jury decides against mother of girl killed in hit-and-run

Tiffany St. Ives prevailed in multi-million-dollar civil case

Tiffany St. Ives was 52 years old when she drove into a girl walking across a street in November 2007. ...

Jury deliberates case against two Border Patrol agents

Judge already dismissed two counts, in the misdemeanor trial

After more than a day of deliberation, a jury is still considering the facts in the trial of two Border ...

Proposal that would ban nuclear power in California cleared to petition for 2014 ballot placement

Anti-nuclear activist Ben Davis Jr. is back with another proposed ballot initiative concerning the storage of nuclear waste that would ...

Oceanside gangster admits meth sales

Expects six years in prison, in plea deal

A 24-year-old Oceanside man admitted to selling methamphetamine for benefit of a criminal street gang, in a plea deal last ...

Oceanside man will go to prison for assaulting father

Arrested after two stand-offs with police

A 51-year-old man who admitted “willful cruelty” to his own father, and assaulting two police officers, was sentenced to more ...

San Diego retiree healthcare 3% funded

That compares with 55% in Los Angeles, according to Pew Center study

According to the publication PublicCEO.com, Pew Center on the States has issues a report on healthcare funding of 61 U.S. ...

How TaylorMade drove past neighbor Callaway

Golf market shares completely changed as Callaway management blundered

The Wall Street Journal has a comprehensive story in the weekend edition (dated Feb. 9) on how Carlsbad's TaylorMade left ...

Day after Jacobs speaks, Plaza de Panama lobbying deal with Shepard ends

Public Policy Strategies Plaza de Panama lobbying gig with Turner Construction is dropped the day after Qualcomm billionaire pulls out of controversial Balboa Park road and parking makeover

It didn't take long for the announcement by Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs that he was pulling out of his controversial ...

Skirmish over security contracts at Qualcomm Stadium

Elite and Staff Pro fight over paying employees living wages

The scuffle between Elite Show Services and Staff Pro over two open security contracts at Qualcomm Stadium rages on. At ...

Local municipalities pushing to get cats sterilized ahead of peak breeding season

County, six local cities offering $100 vouchers for free spaying

The late winter months of February and March mark the primary breeding season for cats, which leads to the dubbing ...

Tijuana police on watch for Dorner, suspected cop killer

Man suspected of killing three people could be traveling near Mexico border

The Tijuana municipal police have setup operations near the United States border incase alleged cop killer, Christopher Dorner, attempts to ...

State Coastal Conservancy, San Diego County set to fund $1,980,000 Tijuana River Valley trail system

The California Coastal Conservancy is set to allocate up to $1.5 million toward trail construction in the Tijuana River Valley ...

City of Chula Vista sued by woman who fell as a result of a broken City sidewalk

Woman's husband files lawsuit against the City for injuries caused by a broken City sidewalk.

San Diego is not the only City in the County trying to answer to a massive backlog of street and ...

Lobbyists use Twitter to rip Filner over downtown banquet speech

With transcript yet to surface, tweets provide unusually candid glimpse of how hardball special interest politics is played in San Diego

But how do they really feel? Prolific tweeters among the ranks of San Diego's real estate and development lobbyists and ...

Sheriffs in Ramona visit the "Chicken Ranch"

Compound was used by burglary ring to hide and process stolen property

Sheriff’s deputies served a warrant Tuesday on a Ramona property known as the “Chicken Ranch,” which a gang of burglars ...

One way to negotiate: threaten to blow up the plant

Platinum Equity owns French company hit with layoff unrest

A French plant owned by Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity, former owner of the Union-Tribune, is experiencing real labor unrest: the ...

Massachusetts nails LPL Financial

SD firm will pay $2 million to investors plus $500,000 fine

San Diego's LPL Financial has been hit with an order by the Massachusetts Security Division to pay more than $2 ...

Rick Perry's La Jolla super PAC down to its last $946

San Diego committee backing California job-poaching Texas governor isn't so super anymore

Self-styled San Diego business leaders aflutter about Texas governor Rick Perry's recent California job raiding forays can rest easy about ...

City gets $75,000 state grant for urban forestry plan

The San Diego City Council voted this week to approve a $75,000 grant from the California Department of Forestry and ...

Alleged San Marcos gangster brought before a judge

Accused of ramming his car into another man

An alleged gang member was arraigned on charges of attempted murder and felony assault, in San Diego’s North County Superior ...

Man walks into the Imperial Beach Sheriff Station and says he just killed his wife

Woman's body found in husbands Nissan pickup truck

Just before 4:00 pm Wednesday February 6, William Barker was driving home from work when several San Diego Sheriff cars ...

Boxer, Markey demand San Onofre investigation

Senator, Congressman say new information indicates SCE overlooked safety

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Democratic Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts today (Feb. 6) wrote the federal Nuclear ...

Kilroy Realty throws one-million dollars at city lobbyists to help with permits for One Paseo

The developer hopes the money will result in permits needed to start on massive mixed-use project

Kilroy Realty is sparing no expense trying to convince elected officials and city staffers to approve One Paseo, their 23.5 ...

Sony to market tablet computers to schools

Perhaps eyeing the lucrative market Apple has enjoyed in selling its iPad tablets to school districts across the county and ...

One SDGE expense account: $71,158 in 2011

SDGE chief exec raked in $2.93 million in compensation; Sempra chairman $11.8 million

San Diego Gas & Electric executives were reimbursed for some fat expenses in 2011, according to the GO-77M report filed ...

Did you charge more than $100,000 on your expense account?

Four Edison executives did in 2011; one wrote off $192,402.

The Orange County Register has an excellent watchdog piece this week on pay and expense account reimbursement for Southern California ...

El Cajon Police dog attacks La Mesa officer

Camaraderie between local law enforcement officials apparently does not extend to the canine world, as an El Cajon Police K-9 ...

Border Patrol agents may testify

Prosecution has rested in trial of two agents accused of lewd acts and battery

Prosecution has rested, in the trial of two off-duty Border Patrol agents who are accused of lewd acts in public ...

Tijuana narco-tunnel discovered

Another sophisticated passage found, built by drug traffickers

Another narco-tunnel was discovered in Tijuana, that crossed into the United States but did not have an exit built yet, ...

Edison got huge rate boost although required filing still not made

Question was whether generator replacement program was cost-effective

San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre learned today (Feb. 5) that Southern California Edison (SCE) has still not made a filing ...

Jacobs says he is bowing out of Balboa Park makeover

Money talks as La Jolla billionaire Democrat and Qualcomm founder makes announcement on public broadcasting station he funds: "I've told the committee that the project is over "

San Diego's richest man, Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs, says he is pulling out of his controversial Balboa Park traffic and ...

Despite ills, UCAN raises $20,000

Board at monthly meeting discusses lawyer, accountant bills

Troubled watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) has raised $20,000 from 1,000 contributors, its board learned today at the February ...

As the world turns: Earth Day Fair to be held inside Balboa Park

Mayor Filner announces support for the Earth Day Fair, now that Plaza de Panama project has been defeated

The drama over Earth Day at Balboa Park can finally be put to rest. One day after Superior Court Judge ...

Alleged pay-to-play cases remain in South Bay

Judge Timothy R. Walsh denies district attorney's motion

At the end of January, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis filed a motion to reconsider the transfer of alleged ...

Vista Fire Department seeking seniors

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/feb/05/39580/ The Vista Fire Department is putting out a call for residents age 50 or older to join the organization’s ...

After backing industry-favored timber tax, Fletcher reaped big contributions

Republican-turned-independent Assemblyman was one of two crucial votes needed for passage of tax bill favored by Sierra Pacific Industries and other timber interests

It was August 2012 and one of the most heated tax battles of the year was unfolding. California's Democratic governor ...

Baja authorities fighting sex trafficking network

Officials working to dismantle trafficking ring from southern Mexico

Baja California officials stated at a press conference on Monday, February 4th, that they are working to dismantle a sex ...

El Cajon tattoo artist wakes to discover burglary in progress

An El Cajon tattoo artist who’d fallen asleep in his unlocked shop was pistol-whipped and suffered “moderate” injuries when he ...

Whalen Furniture fined for not reporting bed defect

Federal commission says company did not immediately report death of child

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced in a news release that San Diego's Whalen Manufacturing, dba Bayside ...

Mitt Romney moves forward on massive renovation of La Jolla home

City asked to consider granting permits for overhaul of beachfront home.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been making up for lost time on the giant remodel of his beachfront home ...

Cabo San Lucas airport adding international competitors

U.S. airlines intending to add flights to more affordable landing strip

United States airlines, Air Tran and United, have applied to begin flights to Cabo San Lucas International Airport, beginning in ...

In debt to self for failed mayoral bid, San Diego District Attorney already raising 2014 re-election cash

Republican Bonnie Dumanis puts out the word that be she intends to have a big campaign war chest for next year's re-election battle

Fresh from a frantic year-end fundraising bout for her failed mayoral campaign fund- which finished 2012 with $32,758 of cash ...

Bonnie Dumanis kicks off campaign for fourth-term as District Attorney

Two years shy of election, Dumanis already on the hunt for donations.

You can't keep a good district attorney down, or so says District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in a recent announcement that ...

$450,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to USD professor

A University of San Diego professor has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study nanoporous ...

San Marcos man charged w attempted murder for alleged car-ramming

Man who rescued domestic violence victim was reportedly pinned tween cars

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for using his car to ram another man who had ...

Accountant faces discipline for DUIs, cocaine

Board of Accountancy to make decision

The executive director of the California Board of Accountancy has brought a complaint against accountant Erik Lloyd Tigard. Twice in ...

Hilton Mission Valley to lay off 148

Has been scene of many labor disputes

The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley hotel has filed with the state its intention to lay off 148 workers on ...

Woman sentenced to ten years for fatal DUI crash

Debbie Pacheco Sumi read a statement that she is "sorry"

A woman convicted of killing three persons by crashing into a car parked on the side of a freeway two ...

Filing: SDGE, SCE ratepayers getting shafted over San Onofre

CPUC head Peevey appears to be still cozy with former employer, SCE

San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre yesterday (Feb. 1) filed a paper with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), asking that ...

Alleged Mexican Mafia gangster sent back to prison

Shot three persons in Carlsbad, five days after he was released from prison

An admitted gangster who was declared guilty of three attempted murders, after he shot three persons that were out walking ...

San Diego's great red light camera rebellion

August story on secretive Sanders bid solicitation preceded today's dumping of red light cameras by new mayor

Back on August 22, we reported here on a plan by Republican then-mayor Jerry Sanders to extend the city's controversial ...

Mary Jo White fretted about "aggressive" regulator

Matt Taibbi has another revealing piece on her role in the Gary Aguirre firing

Today (Feb. 1) in Rolling Stone online, author Matt Taibbi asks more probing questions about the fitness of Mary Jo ...

Appeals court rules wrongful conviction for Mexican national who believed he was helping FBI nab drug traffickers

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an unnamed Mexican national was wrongly convicted for drug crimes after ...

Ben Hueso uses campaign funds for his brother's campaign and to pay for hotel stays with his son

Ben Hueso rakes in campaign funds but shares the wealth with his family

Ben Hueso's political fundraising machine is now in high gear. Last month, Hueso, through his three active campaign committees, reported ...

Lobbyists, lawyers, and land developers anted up for Dumanis’s post-loss fundraising

San Diego district attorney and mayoral candidate raked in big money in December after placing fourth in June primary; still carried $50,000 debt to self

San Diego's Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who placed fourth in last year's mayoral primary, did well at post-election fundraising, ...

City Attorney says Mayor's questions about port appointment process "lacks merit"

City Attorney says Mayor's reasons for vetoing council's appointments to port commission lacked legal footing

Mayor Bob Filner was wrong to say that the process of appointing commissioners to the Port commission was "flawed," states ...

Six arrested in Fallbrook's Operation Guacamole

San Diego Sheriff’s deputies in Fallbrook arrested five adults and a juvenile yesterday in an action they’re calling “Operation Guacamole ...

Economy adds 157,000 jobs but unemployment rate rises

Jobless rate goes to 7.9% in January, up from 7.8%

The nation's economy added 157,000 jobs in January, slightly below economists' expectations, as the jobless rate inched up to 7.9% ...