News Ticker Entries for January, 2013

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Military contractors indicted for stealing medical equipment

Said to have stolen and resold more than $3 million of equipment

Henry Bonilla, Richard Navarro, and Michael Tuisee, employees of a medical logistics operation at Camp Pendleton, were arraigned today (Jan. ...

Jury selection began for two California Border Patrol agents

Accused of lewd acts in public and then attacking a witness

Two Border Patrol agents, a man and a woman, who are accused of committing lewd acts in public and then ...

George Shultz, wealthy lumbermen backed ex-GOP mayor candidate after loss

Ex-Secretary of State, San Francisco financiers, rich loggers, and billionaire Silicon Valley heir give post-election cash to Nathan Fletcher's failed bid.

Months after his defeat, former GOP Assemblyman turned independent Nathan Fletcher remained a big money favorite of some high-profile establishment ...

General Atomics worst in transparency, says watchdog

The drone maker also provides big bucks to politicians

Transparency International, the watchdog group that measures openness in the defense industry, has ranked General Atomics the worst of major ...

Plaza de Panama Committee continues to send lobbyists to City Hall

Irwin Jacobs-backed committee has hired lobbying outfit to get approval for Plaza de Panama project

The Plaza de Panama committee, the group heading up the controversial project to remove traffic from Balboa Park's hub, hasn't ...

Defense contractor pleads guilty to tax offenses

She didn't pay government payroll taxes withheld from employees

Ildiko Pinero, owner of Alpha Machining Products & Development, pleaded guilty today (Jan. 31) to not giving to the United ...

El Cajon car lot blaze under investigation

A fire that broke out early Wednesday morning at a car dealership near downtown El Cajon required the assistance of ...

Don't believe bank reports, says Partnoy

USD prof says regulators encourage banks' dangerous opacity

University of San Diego Professor of Law and Finance Frank Partnoy, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning Pro Publica reporter Jesse Eisinger, ...

City Attorney says Filner did not need approval from council before firing state and federal lobbyists

Opinion comes weeks after Mayor Bob Filner did not need to ask council before firing state and federal lobbying firms

Mayor Bob Filner was fully in line with the law when he fired the City's longtime state and federal lobbying ...

La Costa's Merv Adelson admits mob ties

He is also just about broke, says Vanity Fair

For decades, Merv Adelson, a Vegas/Hollywood entrepreneur who financed the building of North County resort La Costa with three other ...

Atheist advocacy billboard erected in Lemon Grove

The San Diego Coalition of Reason, a collection of local groups of non-theists and church-state separation activists, has teamed up ...

La Mesa liquor store clerk strikes robbery suspect in head with bottle

Suspect grabs bottle of his own and strikes back.

A liquor store clerk in La Mesa and the suspect in an armed robbery are both likely nursing head wounds ...

Five homicides in Tijuana over 24 hours

Separate homicides spread out across city

A string of homicides in Tijuana began Tuesday evening, January 28th, when a man killed from a head injury was ...

Three men stabbed at party advertised on Facebook

Sheriff's investigators say no suspect yet, after huge brawl at remote California home

Three men were stabbed at a house party in Rainbow earlier this month, and investigators have no suspects yet in ...

Another delay for arraignments in South Bay corruption probe

Will the venue be changed again?

Fourteen defendants of alleged corruption in three South Bay school districts — Sweetwater, Southwestern and San Ysidro — appeared in ...

UC students, workers to protest fat executive pay

Union to picket, deploring huge top management pay, pensions

"They get golden handshakes when they retire, and we get cat food!" That will be the rallying cry tomorrow (Jan. ...

Public invited to power plant demolition in Chula Vista this Saturday

The Port of San Diego is inviting members of the public to a demolition party, as the South Bay Power ...

Booze, golf, and lobbyists hallmarks of Vargas bi-coastal fundraisers

Breakfast admission in Washington starts at $1500; Friday afternoon Mission Valley golf affair just $1250

As previously reported, freshman Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has been first off the blocks in the House fundraising race for ...

Council President Todd Gloria's campaign committee sitting on $54,000 in donations

Gloria spends less than $4,000 on political causes and donations in the weeks before and after election

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith isn't San Diego's only politician who has stashed away tens of thousands of dollars in campaign ...

Padres's Grandal linked to Florida drug lab

But bigger names such as A-Rod getting the most sports coverage

In November, Major League Baseball suspended Padres's catcher Yasmani Grandal for 50 games for testing positive to testosterone. He had ...

Documentary on Juárez to open at Regal Rancho del Rey on Feb. 1st

Film to feature former Tijuana police chief Julián Leyzaola

A documentary, which tracks the decline of violence in Ciudad Juárez, will begin showing on Friday, February 1st, at the ...

National economy shrinks in fourth quarter

Defense spending plunges, but may not be bad portent for San Diego

The U.S. economy declined in the fourth quarter for the first time since the Great Recession, as growth inched down ...

Potential burglars posing as utility workers in Solana Beach

Potential thieves are still attempting a scam in which they pose as public utility workers in order to gain access ...

Mayor Filner backtracks on enforcement of medical marijuana dispensaries

Mayor and City Attorney agree to draft a new zoning law allowing medical marijuana and present it to city council

It appears as if the City's fight, and the lawsuits, against medical marijuana dispensary owners is back on. Today, Mayor ...

Oceanside man charged with shooting death of neighbor

Twenty-year-old pleads not guilty to shooting two persons in the middle of the street

A man was shot dead and his girlfriend was shot in the face, because a neighbor got fed up with ...

Padres honcho says it with cash: Anybody but Filner

Mega-millionaire beer distributor gave big to DeMaio and Fletcher, along with brew merchants political committees, Major League Baseball PAC, and Mitt Romney

Ron Fowler, the politically-wired California beer distribution magnate who assembled the wealthy group that took over the Padres last year, ...

Carlsbad Police program targets parents of unruly kids

Instruction offered to parents of 5 to 10 year-olds on avoiding drugs and gang life

The Carlsbad Police Department has announced new training classes aimed at the parents of unruly five to ten year-olds, with ...

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith spends campaign donations on trip to Florida and Las Vegas

Goldsmith still sitting on a lump of cash left over from the two previous elections.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and his campaign committee is sitting on a wad of cash left over from ...

Reader's owner backed anti-assisted suicide campaign in Massachusetts

Pot and parental notification also on publisher's personal political radar during 2012

It's the end of January, the time final 2012 campaign finance disclosure statements begin rolling in, and early filings show ...

Hank Rhon says he’s the best man for Baja California Governor’s Office

Controversial former Tijuana mayor hopes presidential support will help win office

Jorge Hank Rhon, a former mayor of Tijuana, hopes to get an endorsement from Mexico’s president to help his run ...

Kersey's infrastructure plan moves forward

Newly seated District 5 City Councilman Mark Kersey is wasting no time in moving to implement changes in the way ...

Shopping Plaza Owner and One Paseo neighbor spends $10,000 to lobby against project

A recent lobbyist disclosure from Donahue Shriber shows presence of anti-One Paseo lobbyist at City Hall

Kilroy Realty is banking on hopes of city council support for their mega-development One Paseo in Carmel Valley. And, local ...

Lawsuit claims manufacturer intentionally markets "toxic" frozen pizzas

San Diegan Katie Simpson has filed a lawsuit against California Pizza Kitchen and Nestle USA, claiming that the food companies ...

Owners of Be Wise Farm and their customers file legal complaint against the County over Eye Gnat Ordinances

The groups say ordinances violate CEQA and other state and local laws.

Consumers of organic produce and the farms they buy from are ticked off at San Diego County's Department of Environmental ...

Over 250 kilos of marijuana found floating off the coast of Baja

Sealed and floating drugs found near Ensenada

According to Baja California authorities, over 250 kilos (551 pounds) of marijuana have been found floating in the Pacific Ocean ...

Coastal Commission set to approve revamped Lane Field redevelopment project

Twin high-rise hotels, accompanying retail/meeting space scaled down from 2009 plans

The California Coastal Commission has filed documents indicating likely approval on a scaled-down high-rise hotel project on the former Lane ...

New filing shows U-T's Manchester personally backed Carl DeMaio and GOP to tune of $283,900

San Diego newspaper mogul and litigation-beset Navy Broadway Complex developer gave heavily to those supporting controversial downtown project

Combative U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester, whose development company was sued last week by the California Coastal Commission over ...

Large-scale developers of River Bend and One Paseo unite to win favor at City Hall

Recent disclosure shows big money spent at City Hall to lobby for controversial projects.

Developers looking to build massive mixed use projects were scrambling to win favor at City Hall in the weeks before ...

California sues Manchester's firm; reports show Navy complex push by fired city lobbyist

Disclosures reveal that U-T San Diego Manchester's Navy Broadway Complex was one of several contentious issues lobbied by D.C. influence peddling firm dumped by new mayor

As noted here last month, having ex-congressman Bob Filner as San Diego's new Democratic mayor might mean interesting changes for ...

La Jolla billionaire to get the Neil Morgan award

SDG&E, U-T San Diego, Bridgepoint Education, and Qualcomm listed among sponsors of 'Visionary Awards" dinner

2012 was a successful political year for La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs. Besides the re-election of Barack Obama, to whose ...

North Park, Coronado to improve bicycle parking options

Add North Park and Coronado to the areas taking action to make the region more cyclist-friendly. Both cities have recently ...

Mickelson gambling stories make rounds again

Callaway found he was a gambler, but had no outstanding debts

For years, the sports press has talked about golfer Phil Mickelson's gambling proclivities. Now that he has shot off his ...

This year's convention center business will be difficult

It could take years to woo back some major conventions, says expert Morrison

In convention business, this year "will continue to be a difficult year for San Diego," says tourism guru Jerry Morrison ...

Task force formed on San Onofre restart plan

Panel consists of all federal officials, no public or utility company representation

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has formed a special task force to be called the San Onofre Review Panel, which will ...

Trial for California firefighter was delayed

Raul Licon Jr. pleads not guilty to felony child abuse

A California firefighter was ordered to face six felony child abuse charges by a superior court judge at the end ...

Council and City Attorney to meet behind closed doors to discuss Medical Marijuana lawsuits

City Attorney will seek direction from council as to how to proceed with the eleven pending cases

City councilmembers and San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will meet behind closed doors on Monday January 28 to discuss ...

More key lobbyist names emerge in wake of mayor's high dollar fundraiser

Influence peddlers for controversial development projects attend fundraiser in offices of downtown lobbyist owned by Filner consultant, watchdog says

That $500-a-head fundraiser thrown last night by the downtown lobbying shop of Public Policy Strategies - an influence peddling boutique ...

New documents reveal representatives from Grand Del Mar denied having dedicated helipad at resort

Public records request reveals additional information on the illegal helipad at the Grand Del Mar

That's no heliport. It's a concrete fitness pad. That pretty much sums up the response from president of Manchester Resorts, ...

Tijuana receives tactical armored truck from U.S. funding

Merida Initiative pays for heavy duty police vehicle to transport criminals

The Attorney General’s Office of Baja California subtly announced, by parking it outside of their Tijuana office, the arrival of ...

Facebook credited with assist in catching ATM bandit in East County

Suspect involved in armed robberies, unlicensed auto repair

San Diego Sheriff’s deputies in Santee are crediting a tip received via Facebook for helping them to identify a man ...

What election? Filner and DeMaio continue to hold big fundraising bashes

Democratic mayor and Republican ex-councilman hit the political party circuit with lucrative campaign cash events

Last night, Bob Filner attended a $500 per person fundraising party for his campaign held by the downtown lobbying firm ...

Pending home sales index declines

Real estate trade group blames lack of inventory for statistics showing fewer properties in escrow

The lack of housing inventory available for sale is driving down the number of pending sales, the California Association of ...

Suspect in attempted child abduction sought in Vista

Crime Stoppers is looking for assistance in identifying a kidnapping suspect who attempted to abduct an 11 year-old boy in ...

Oceanside man admits kidnap

Was on probation for four other cases, at the time of the new crime

Gregory Leon Spatcher, 31, made a plea deal in which he admitted felony kidnap, in San Diego’s North County Superior ...

La Jolla oncologist pleads guilty to importing unapproved drug

Dr. Joel L. Bernstein brought in Turkish version of Rituxan, billed Medicare

The U.S. Attorney's office announced today (Jan. 23) that La Jolla oncologist Dr. Joel I. Bernstein pleaded guilty to introducing ...

Woman accused of felony bad driving after argument

Escondido cop said wrong-way-driver forced others off the road

Officer J. Houchin said he went to a hotel parking lot after someone complained of a man and woman fighting ...

Ensenada police officer accidentally shoots self in head

Officer allegedly kills himself while playing with gun off-duty

Police officers were called to the scene of an accidental shooting in Ensenada on Monday, January 21st, slightly after midnight. ...

Cyclist sues City and San Diego Velodrome Association for unsafe conditions at the Balboa Park cycling track

Man injured while riding the track now suing the City and cycling organization for negligence.

The City may have to add a cracked outdoor cycling track to its near-billion dollar list of infrastructure repairs. Last ...

Spike in income, profits for local marijuana-focused company

Business appears to be booming for San Diego-based Medical Marijuana, Inc., which describes itself as “a publicly traded holding company ...

Public meeting scheduled on San Onofre restart plan

Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Southern California Edison representatives to field questions and comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced that it will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed restart of one nuclear ...

Medical marijuana stolen in Imperial Beach

Two couriers robbed at gunpoint

Sheriff’s deputies in Imperial Beach are looking for a pair of armed robbers, shortly after apprehending one suspected of multiple ...

Man who rescued domestic violence victim was rammed by car

Deputies in San Marcos say the alleged abuser returned to the scene

A man who reportedly rescued a woman from domestic violence got smashed between two cars when the assailant returned and ...

Bag of meth was hanging over the baby's crib, police say

Escondido couple plead not-guilty to felony child endangerment

A couple was charged with felony child endangerment, after police found a bag of meth hanging over their baby’s crib, ...

Lobbyist for billionaire’s Balboa Park makeover throwing Filner fundraiser

Former aides of GOP mayor Sanders throw open doors of their downtown lobbying office to raise campaign cash for Democratic mayor

The crew over at Public Policy Strategies Inc., the lobbying outfit founded and owned by onetime GOP champion Tom Shepard, ...

Residents oppose moving large scale events like Earth Day to Balboa Park's West Mesa

Groups say doing so will impact quality of life for residents and park goers.

The political climate over the annual Earth Day Fair is more heated than ever before. Now residents of Park West ...

Determined gangster yelled at police as he was led away to prison

Escondido gangster was sentenced in San Diego Superior Court today

Sergio Alejandro Lopez Jr. turned 26-years-old in jail yesterday. This afternoon he was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison. Lopez' criminal ...

Man robs Imperial Beach Pharmacy at gunpoint

Robber described as looking 17 and high as a kite

An 18 year old man was arrested Monday night January 21, on suspicion of robbing the Imperial Beach Pharmacy at ...

Former head of SD company charged in $28 million stock fraud

Mark Anthony Lopez arrested last week in stock manipulation scheme

Mark Anthony Lopez, former head of publicly-traded Unico, has been charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and two counts ...

City of La Mesa's aged sewer system sends millions of gallons of raw sewage into bay and ocean

City submits offer to San Diego Water Board over illegal discharge of sewage into San Diego Bay and ocean.

City officials in La Mesa have admitted to dumping over one million gallons of raw sewage into the San Diego ...

UC San Diego application spike sets record

Over 67,000 prospective freshmen apply for admission

Applications for incoming freshmen and prospective transfer students seeking admission to UC San Diego reached record numbers for the fall ...

More bad news for Fresh & Easy stores

San Diego superior court imposes penalty on chain

San Diego County District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, announced in a January 22 press release that a superior court judge has ...

Double-digit leap in SD housing values

Rents grow, but lag nation's pace, says Zillow

San Diego County housing values leapt 10% last year, according to Zillow.com. Only six of the top 30 metro markets ...

Judge calls disgraced Border Patrol agent "an abomination" at sentencing

Chula Vista man helped fugitive brother-in-law sneak into U.S., scammed insurance company by faking truck theft

A federal judge called the actions of former U.S. Border Patrol agent Thomas Silva “an abomination,” sentencing him to eight ...

Vista man bloodied when arrested during under-aged party

Forty-six-year-old man denies resisting arrest charges

The deputy said it was a “typical” underage-drinking-party, with more than 200 persons overflowing the home into the street, and ...

Disbarred attorney not required to appear in court

Michael Theodore Pines “waives” his appearance for hearings

A former attorney who is notorious in San Diego County for his multiple arrests and unusual statements in court, apparently ...

David Copley yacht for sale

Fraser Yachts asking $34.5 million for yacht that hung around Monaco.

"Happy Days," the yacht of the late publisher David Copley, is for sale by Fraser Yachts, which has a San ...

Marijuana, cash, gun recovered after reported robbery

Sheriff's deputies in Fallbrook last week were called out in response to a report of an armed robbery in Valley ...

Mickelson threatens to leave over taxes

Pro golfer weighing move from California, possible retirement

San Diego pro golfer Phil Mickelson stated in La Quinta over the weekend that there will be "drastic changes" in ...

U.S. Marshals’ automatic weapons, $71,840 San Diego SUV hit by audit

Unauthorized automatic weapons and a costly sport utility vehicle used in San Diego on list of prohibited and improperly documented purchases made by U.S. Marshals Service

The United States Marshals Service has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Inspector General over, among ...

Anschutz still wants foot in door

He may not lure Chargers to L.A., and is having trouble with his wind farm, too

San Diego sports fans have long fretted over Denver multi-billionaire Phil Anschutz. The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has been planning ...

Port redevelopment project to shut portion of W. Broadway

The westernmost portion of Broadway downtown will close to vehicle traffic next Wednesday and remain shut down until sometime this ...

Baja fugitive arrested in Utah

Man wanted for 2011 murder in Ensenada arrested in Salt Lake City

United States Customs Enforcement Agency officials announced Friday, January 18th, that a man wanted for murder in Baja California was ...

Ryan Leaf in state prison

Former Chargers quarterback threatened staff member and violated treatment plan

Ryan Leaf, the quarterback who was supposed to turn the Chargers around in 1998, has been moved from a drug ...

Fabian Nunez willing to write check to any Hueso running for public office?

Nunez kicks in $5,000 to Ruben Hueso's run for School Board in Pasadena

Former assembly speaker now running for state treasurer, Fabian Nunez, is spreading the wealth, to any member of the Hueso ...

Mexico’s peso and stock market staying strong

Trading and currency showing positive results for start of 2013

Mexico’s stock market continues to strengthen, alongside a strong peso, as the benchmark IPC index of the nation’s top 35 ...

Home prices rise across county

Double-digit annual increases in many markets

While foreclosures continue to fall, the sales pace for the real estate market as a whole continues to heat up, ...

December unemployment drops

County gains 700 jobs in final month

The San Diego County unemployment rate fell to 8.1% in December from 8.4% in November and 9% a year ago, ...

Filner can veto port nominations, city attorney memo says

Legal memorandum drafted by former Union-Tribune political writer green-lights strong mayor's powers

If there was any doubt that new Democratic mayor Bob Filner has plenty of leverage under the city's so-called strong ...

City Attorney accuses lawyers for Medical Marijuana patients of playing hardball with City

Jan Goldsmith says City should not pay legal fees for medical marijuana cases.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is digging his heels in, refusing to give ground to medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners ...

Border Patrol seizes cocaine, heroin, meth in North County

U.S. Border Patrol agents in North County seized nearly a million dollars’ worth of drugs in two stops earlier this ...

Economy 2013 "maddeningly slow"

Cunningham sees San Diego lagging state, nation

Economist Kelly Cunningham of the National University System Institute for Policy Research sees San Diego County growing only 1.5% this ...

Wall Street lawyer to head SEC?

Bloomberg says Mary Jo White in line to head securities agency

"Obama is not going to clean up financial corruption by pinning a sheriff's badge on Wall Street's protector-in-chief." Thus speaks ...

Stolen iPhone leads to arrest of a man accused of multiple burglaries

Pinging iPhone was ditched in a vacant lot near the home of a thief on probation

A man whose iPhone was stolen from his home while he slept, used the tracking device in his smartphone to ...

Hearing delayed for woman accused of embezzling more than $5 million

Defense attorney hopes a psychological exam could prove she is "not a danger" to the public

A 45-year-old woman accused of embezzling more than $5 million dollars from a San Marcos company for which she was ...

San Diego MTS will spend up to $340 million on new buses through 2017

Bus manufacturer New Flyer announced yesterday that it had finalized a sales contract with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System ...

New Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair visits San Onofre

Allison Macfarlane also meets with local environmental group about safety concerns

Allison Macfarlane, the new head of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, made her first visit to the idle San Onofre ...

Two San Diego pols reported among top richest in Congress

Democrat Peters and Republican Issa make San Diego county one of America's top concentrations of congressional wealth, according to new ranking

The website OpenSecrets.org, run by Washington's non-profit Center for Responsive Politics, is out with its Congressional wealth rankings, and San ...

Vista liquor license suspended for designer drug sales

Local retailer caught distributing bath salts and spice

Tommy’s Liquor in Vista is set to be hit with a 20-day suspension of its liquor license tomorrow by the ...

Arizona sheriff must return Encinitas woman's medical marijuana

Appeals court upholds ruling after Border Patrol seizure

The sheriff’s department in Yuma, Arizona, must return a stash of marijuana seized from an Encinitas woman at a Border ...

Imperial Beach family barely escapes death

A silent, deadly killer. Carbon monoxide.

An Imperial Beach family is thankful today to be alive after a carbon monoxide leak sent them to the hospital. ...

Guns: Meese warns Obama could be impeached

Former San Diegan says president can't tread on Second Amendment

Edwin Meese, former close aide to Ronald Reagan both as California governor and president, told Newsmax that President Obama could ...

City Attorney: OK to release private business e-mail addresses to improvement districts

Business Improvement District chiefs in San Diego can obtain email addresses of business owners from city records, Goldsmith holds

Those who have business licenses from the city of San Diego may be seeing some new unsolicited email in their ...

City adding four new librarians to account for additional hours

Four new librarian positions are now listed on City's website.

Over the past five years, San Diego's public library system has taken a beating. In an effort to balance the ...

Burglar-slash-car thief caught in Ramona

During pursuit, suspect throws items including flaming towel from car, douses self in gasoline

San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call regarding a suspicious person on the 17000 block of Ridgeview Lane in ...

New foreclosure filings number less than 1,000

Foreclosure rate falls to lowest in recent years

As the real estate market continues to climb, San Diego County posted its lowest number of new foreclosure filings and ...

Valley Center woman to face civil trial for hit-and-run

Mother of girl killed on Escondido street seeking $15 million in damages

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

Valley Center man accused in mother's death due in court

David Leroy Lucero Jr. was sent away to a mental hospital in 2010

Margo Jean Lucero, 53, had been locking her bedroom door at night because she was afraid of her 25-year-old son ...

Trial date set for two Border Patrol agents in California

Accused of lewd acts in public, and then attacking and threatening a witness

Two persons who are said to be five-year-veterans with the Border Patrol have a trial date at the end of ...

A gigawatt of solar generation

State passes milestone in solar installations

California’s solar power network now tops 1 gigawatt in generation, the *San Francisco Chronicle is reporting. A single gigawatt is ...

Edison, SDGE want secrecy in San Onofre dealings

Aguirre charges ratepayers getting fleeced over San Onofre; CPUC may grant silence

San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre today (Jan. 14) filed a motion with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in an ...

Borrego: one resort for sale, two big properties in escrow

But does the desert town have a future for resort business?

The Borrego Springs Resort & Country Club is on the market for $10 million, according to real estate salesman Rick ...

Closed circuit television cameras to be installed at trolley stations

MTS paying SANDAG to manage the $637,414 camera project

Smile, you're on Metropolitan Transit System camera. New closed circuit television cameras may soon be installed at trolley stations throughout ...

Local senior says he was defrauded by scammer targeting Latinos

Retired bus driver had his life savings taken after investing in Vegas express bus venture

A retired San Diego bus driver has filed suit against Luis Berrios and LBA Express, a shuttle service to Las ...

Núñez kicks in for Hueso senate bid

Cash stash controlled by controversial Democratic ex-Assembly Speaker, now employed by national lobbying firm, drops serious campaign change for current member's step up the ladder

A multi-million dollar campaign fund run by former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez has contributed $4,100 to the 40th district ...

State investigating Bridgepoint

It's part of probe of for-profit educational institutions

Troubled Bridgepoint Education filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission this morning (Jan. 14) indicating that it has ...

Poway robbery gone wrong

Would-be bank robber doesn't know where money is kept

A man failed in his attempt to rob a Poway bank on Friday when he presented his demand note to ...

Deputy Sheriffs' Association Files Lawsuit Against County

Tensions mount over public employee pensions. Sheriffs' union files suit.

Tensions continue to mount between the Deputy Sheriffs' Association and the County of San Diego over pension obligations. In a ...

U.S. Geological Survey chief quits, may head Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Departure of popular Obama appointee coincides with formation of UCSD search committee to replace departing Tony Haymet

Marcia McNutt, director of the United States Geological Survey and science advisor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, today ...

Tenant vs. tenant at De Anza Cove mobile home park

Lawsuit shows a new fight for relocation benefits.

Now that a settlement is near, the melee over the De Anza Cove mobile home park now has resident pitted ...

Labor Council makes special election endorsements

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council came out yesterday with an official endorsement for Democratic California Assemblyman Ben ...

Fighting for transparency at San Onofre

Utilities move to block public access to information related to government inquiry on steam generator failure

The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility earlier this week filed a statement with the California Public Utilities Commission opposing a motion ...

Law enforcement phone scams abound

Phone scams involving con artists posing as law enforcement officials are on the rise, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department warns. ...

Filner ends pot dispensary crackdown; U.S. Attorney Duffy yet to respond

Today’s move may position new Democratic San Diego mayor for head-on collision with Obama’s U.S. Attorney here

San Diego mayor Bob Filner, whose election was opposed last year by U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, today told the city's ...

Free and clear? Not here

SD lags nation in percentage of homes free of debt

Zillow,com reports today that 29.3% of U.S. homeowners own their houses free and clear of debt. San Diego County comes ...

Balboa Park controversy's Jacobs backs lavish Edwardian-themed KPBS funder

Corporations buy their way on to state-owned non-profit's air via "Downtown Abbey" event offering 44 TV spots, 60 radio spots, and 30,000 Internet ads, “sponsorship kit” says

KPBS, the public broadcasting operation owned and run by taxpayer-funded San Diego State University, is planning to stage a lavish ...

Del Mar considers extending licensing ban on food trucks

Del Mar’s City Council is set to take up the issue of food trucks again next Monday, seeking to extend ...

Felon fails to flee from police in La Mesa

Escape attempt leads to head-on traffic collision, homeowner confrontation after break-in attempt gone wrong

Twenty-eight year old Benjamin Nicholas Davidson of El Cajon was arrested late Tuesday night after leading La Mesa Police officers ...

Seau suffered from disease caused by hits

Media reporting that linebacker had chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Both ESPN and ABC News are reporting this morning (Jan. 10) that former star Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, who committed ...

UCAN board meeting gets testy

Insults fly -- still no consensus on what happened at so-called watchdog

The board of beleaguered Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) met last night (Jan. 9) in both an open and closed ...

Teachers' fund to dump firearm investments

CalSTRS becomes first public pension fund to to divest gun maker stocks

The investment committee of the $154.3 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) voted unanimously today (Jan. 9) to sell ...

U-T offers settlement related to complaints about gift certificate business

Class action suit argues illegal expiration dates, deceptive practices from "Daily Deal" provider SignOn San Diego

The U-T San Diego yesterday sent a notification to individuals who had subscribed to its “Daily Deal” vouchers announcing a ...

Mayor's protocol officer is daughter of Gregory Canyon solid waste magnate

Filner contributor is deeply rooted in San Diego lobbying, real estate development, and political fundraising, both Democratic and Republican

When Democratic mayor Bob Filner unveiled his new executive staff on Monday, one of the most intriguing names on the ...

Republicans name new local party director

The Republican Party of San Diego County yesterday announced the appointment of Francis Barraza as the party’s executive director. The ...

Escondido child-abuser transferred to Los Angeles County

Twenty-four-year-old man admitted sex with 12-year-old girl

A 24-year-old man who admitted to having intercourse with a 12-year-old girl in Escondido had his case transferred to Los ...

Fraudster impersonated California Highway Patrol officer

Elderly San Diego couple were targets of a scam

It was a warm, pleasant morning in San Diego, about 11 a.m. last October, when Peggy got an upsetting phone ...

Eighteen-year-old woman admits driving stolen vehicle

Judge finds "stupid" good cause to reduce felony to misdemeanor

The deputy said he first noticed the car because it was driving so slow, and then he saw that the ...

San Marcos man accused of stealing beauty cremes

Man reportedly wrestled to the ground for Oil-of-Olay and Loreal products

The “corporate security” man for a retail grocery store said he observed the customer put two jars of beauty crème ...

SANDAG Board of Directors' annual retreat

Elected officials invited to attend annual retreat at Barona Casino

Elected officials throughout San Diego County who sit on SANDAG's Board of Directors have just three days left to sign ...

San Diegan guilty of basketball heist

Fan kidnapped, robbed after UTEP game

San Diegan Brandon Lawrence Jones and El Paso's Jesus Manuel Gallegos have pleaded guilty to kidnapping and carjacking a man ...

Project Homeless Connect kicks off drive for donations, volunteers

A fund-raising and volunteer sign-up drive kicked off Monday in support of the San Diego Housing Coalition’s annual Project Homeless ...

Democrats rule in lucrative Filner committee appointments

New mayor fills extra-pay association of governments committees with himself and fellow partisans, disclosure shows

It's official. Democratic Mayor Bob Filner wants to appoint himself to the board of directors and the executive committee of ...

Developer proposes expansive La Jolla mansion

Colton Sudberry, president of Sudberry Properties, submits application for a 15,250 mansion in La Jolla

The uptick in San Diego's housing market is one sign of the local economy is on the mend. A more ...

Gonzalez fundraising tops $100K in less than a month

Labor leader amassing political war chest for state Assembly run

The campaign for local labor leader Lorena Gonzalez has hit the ground running in her bid to take over the ...

Filner sticks to staff decision to deny Earth Day use of Balboa Park...for now

Filner releases a statement on the Earth Day Fair.

Carolyn Chase finally got the meeting she was hoping for. Unfortunately, it wasn't the outcome she wanted. Today, Chase met ...

Fallbrook deputies found the hidden gun

Two suspects were recorded wondering if the gun had been found, a deputy said

Fallbrook deputies did not know about the hidden gun until they heard the man ask his female friend if they ...

Escondido police arrest "suspicious" man

Meth in his hoodie, pills and Sig Sauer pistol in his silver Cadillac

Escondido Police officer Jake Houchin said he was called to an apartment complex at 101 South Spruce Street on a ...

A Historic Register listing for San Onofre beaches?

A move initiated by the Surfrider Foundation in 2007 to get up to seven portions of San Onofre State Beach ...

Baja California poverty rate high due to migrants

Jobless migrants from southern Mexico hiking poverty numbers across state

According to recent reports, the Mexican state of Baja California has over 320,000 people living in some form of poverty. ...

51 narco-tunnels destroyed during last 6 years in Baja California and Sonora

Outgoing General oversaw discovery and destruction of drug pipelines

In the last six years, according to outgoing General Alfonso Duarte Múgica, 51 narco-tunnels were discovered and destroyed in the ...

Murder suspect arrested in Oregon

Man allegedly followed woman home from Lemon Grove bar, shot her in the head

Authorities have identified a suspect in the murder of a woman last week in Lemon Grove, leading to the arrest ...

New narco-tunnel discovered in Mexicali

Sophisticated smuggling tunnel uncovered along border

Another narco-tunnel, which are used to smuggle narcotics and humans from Mexico to the United States, was uncovered in Mexicali ...

Jefferson and the bar

Local law school last in state in students passing bar

Columnist Staci Zaretsky of the publication "Above the Law" has published a list of how the state's 21 American Bar ...

Shames sues UCAN

Co-founder of watchdog claims character assassination, says news service

The Courthouse News Service said today (Jan. 4) that Michael Shames has sued Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), the organization ...

City denies permits to San Diego's annual Earth Day event

Filner deputy chief of staff tells organizer they are standing by staff's decision

San Diego's Earth Day is under attack and event organizers are scrambling to obtain the necessary permits and save the ...

Guaderrama out as Paso Robles police chief

Veteran San Diego police captain withdraws candidacy for $160,000 job in wake of son's preferential treatment controversy

Manny Guaderrama, the longtime San Diego police captain who was set to become police chief of the Central California wine ...

Fence-hopping felon nabbed in La Mesa

La Mesa Police arrested 31 year-old Gene Ramirez Valdez of National City yesterday after a backyard chase following a reported ...

Human head found in Rosarito

Decapitated head discovered in plastic bag

A human head was found in Playas de Rosarito on Thursday, January 3rd, after a citizen opened a plastic bag ...

The Navy's new assault on bath salts

Navy uses scare tactics to reduce use of bath salt in new public service announcement

The Navy has announced an offensive on a new enemy; bath salts. The announcement comes more than a year after ...

Peregrine accountant defrocked

San Diego's major accounting scam happened a decade ago

Effective Dec. 26, 2012, the California Board of Accountancy has taken the certified public accountant license of Daniel Stulac, who ...

Fallbrook deputies saw the body in the back

Family said they noticed the car of missing man parked at shopping center

The family of a man reported missing two weeks ago found his car in a Fallbrook shopping center, and when ...

East Village seeks entryway sign

Community boosters: "We're not the Gaslamp!"

Like their southern neighbors in Barrio Logan, the community of East Village at the southern edge of San Diego’s downtown ...

National unemployment rate stays at 7.8%

U.S. adds 155,000 jobs in December, slightly below November

The nation added 155,000 nonfarm jobs in December, about the same as the 161,000 gain of November, the Labor Department ...

Would-be-robber of Carlsbad pizzeria wants probation modification

Judge denied Thomas Scott Ruth's request in Superior Court yesterday

The owner of a pizza shop in Carlsbad made national news when he wrestled a loaded handgun away from a ...

City to dole out another $250,000 for legal representation for Anthony Arevalos

Council asked to approve spending up to $250,000 for outside legal representation in the cases against Anthony Arevalos

Former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos continues to cost the City for the sexual assault crimes he committed on ...

Murder suspected in Lemon Grove

Unidentified woman found on roadside with head injuries, later succumbs to her wounds

Sheriff’s deputies in Lemon Grove are searching for information regarding an apparent homicide this morning. Around 2 a.m., deputies were ...

New York hits Qualcomm with political money disclosure suit

Comptroller alleges San Diego cell phone giant obscures its political spending

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, a Democrat, has announced that he is suing Qualcomm, the San Diego-based technology ...

Longtime local GOP political operative to leave party

President of the Clairemont Town Council, Ryan Trabuco, to leave the Republican Party to become an independent.

The sting from the November election continues to burn for some members of San Diego County's Republican Party. Bob Filner's ...

Federal court overrules move by California to lighten drug smuggler sentences

The 11 judge federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has voted 7-4 to disallow a move by the California court ...

San Marcos 7-Eleven store reportedly robbed

Clerk said a man wearing a blue bandana told him, "This is a stickup."

The store clerk reported he was grabbed from behind by a man who said, “This is a stickup, give me ...

Escondido man accused of gang crimes

Eighteen-year-old Pedro Manriquez Jr. denies latest car theft charge

An Escondido woman heard her car start, and looked out her apartment window in time to see her car being ...

New Years Eve, same old politics

California's political money-shifting machine never takes a break, not even for year's end

There was no rest for fundraising San Diego politicos as 2013 approached. http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/02/37788/ On December 31, according to a filing ...

At the Manchester Grand Hyatt: Break it or not you pay.

New lawsuit claims hotel takes room service employee's tips to pay for broken glasses regardless of actual breakage

Employees at the Manchester Grand Hyatt have to abide by a simple rule: If you break it, you buy it. ...

Attempted kidnapping in Encinitas

Sketches of three suspects released by Sheriff

Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for three men wanted related to an attempted kidnapping in Encinitas on the afternoon of New ...

Homicide count continues downward for Baja California

Lowest number of homicides recorded in 5 years

Official numbers were released today, January 2nd, by the Procuraduría General de Justicia de la entidad (state attorney general’s office), ...

Group seeks to establish Little Saigon District

Vietnamese cultural district would span several blocks of El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights

The Little Saigon Foundation of San Diego this week began circulating an online petition seeking official recognition for the Vietnamese ...

The cliff lines corporate pockets

The fiscal cliff legislation contains concealed goodies for companies

Corporations gleefully picked your pocket in the fiscal cliff legislation that finally passed both houses of Congress last night (Jan. ...

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