News Ticker Entries for June, 2013

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Is Austin, Texas emulating San Diego?

Similarities arise from Manchester's new hotel

One wing of Papa Doug Manchester's hotel empire, Manchester Financial Group LLC, is building a 1035-room, $350 million hotel in ...

Two Padres among 25 most overpaid players

Street, Richard have negative value this year, says publication

The publication Business Insider has used a formula to calculate Major League Baseball players' dollar value in 2013. Two Padres ...

The current Sunroad blowup shows rank hypocrisy

Those who lauded Sanders's sleazy actions denounce Filner's bumbling ones.

The flap over Mayor Bob Filner's mishandling of the Sunroad Enterprise matter brings to mind another scandal regarding that company ...

Is it the mess or the message? City Attorney has been selective when prosecuting chalk vandalism

Other chalking events, such as one pro-life protest, was granted permission from the Police Department. No charges were ever filed.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jun/30/48329/ Is it the mess or is it the message? Is it the fact that Olson's message was a key ...

Court hearing this month for disbarred attorney

Still owes about $80,000 to former clients

Disgraced former-attorney Patricia Ann Gregory, 63, has been working lately as a part-time debt collector, according to a recent probation ...

Boss sentenced for brawl with employees

Christmas party ended badly for manager of taco shop

Juan Rivas, 29, was sentenced to 30 days custody after a jury declared him guilty of misdemeanor battery for punching ...

California dentist and wife admitted stealing from patients

Dr. Edward and Mary Rose Bodek ran up thousands on credit cards

Dr. Edward J. Bodek, 60, and his wife Mary Rose, 56, admitted this week that they have been stealing from ...

Late David Copley's yacht sold

Yacht publication does not give price

"Happy Days," the yacht that belonged to the late David Copley, publisher of the Union-Tribune, has been sold, according to ...

Complex identity theft scheme ends with 3 year sentence

Conspirators installed skimming devices inside gas pumps

Akop Taymizyan was sentenced today (June 28) to three years behind bars for his role in a sophisticated identity theft ...

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith has a history of prosecuting activists who scribble chalk on public sidewalks

18-year-old Occupy San Diego participant spent three days in jail in 2012 for writing free speech slogans in chalk. Lawyer for the woman says City Attorney was "personally involved" in the case.

Earlier this week, San Diego's City Attorney Jan Goldsmith issued a statement on the misinformation spread by the media in ...

Territorial tax? Qualcomm is in the middle of storm

Company denounced, but almost all its revenue comes from abroad

A territorial tax system taxes only revenue earned domestically. Only a few countries, such as France, have such a system. ...

Senate immigration bill strengthens green card financing

Manchester's Austin hotel raising Chinese capital through EB-5 program

The immigration reform bill recently passed by the United States Senate permanently authorizes and in other ways strengthens the EB-5 ...

Plaid-shirt fraudster got probation at sentencing

A judge noticed the defendant wore the same shirt to court seen in evidence photos

Abrahim Ah Saed was sentenced to time already served, twelve days custody, plus three years probation for a felony fraud ...

As end of Inzunza custody looms, friend registers as nude entertainment lobbyist

Marco Polo Cortes, golfing companion of former city councilman imprisoned in Cheetahs Strippergate case, signs up to lobby for “adult/nude” industry, city filing discloses

It's been more than eleven years since we first reported here about the unusual goings on at a strip club ...

General Atomics scores funds for "next generation nuclear" research

While the decades-old nuclear reactors at San Onofre may have seen their final days of power generation and the tide ...

Student Paraglider killed during lesson.

Sheriff responds to a call of a man not breathing after crashing into rocks.

A 48 year old Colorado man was killed in a paragliding accident at the south end of Seacoast Drive in ...

Beach bacteria report: low rankings for IB, southern beaches

The Natural Resources Defense Council, claiming to be “the nation’s most effective environmental action group,” has released its Testing the ...

Judge issues gag order in case of man prosecuted for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk

Judge Howard Shore says media has exaggerated possible punishment and also admonished Mayor Filner for statements made in support of the defendant.

The judge in the case of the anti-Bank of America protester has issued a gag order, prohibiting the defendant or ...

Seven arrested in connection with Julian marijuana grow

Sheriff’s deputies arrested seven people early Wednesday morning (June 26) in connection with a marijuana growing operation. While conducting a ...

Tapping the homeless lobby for Cole's political debt retirement

Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins and spouse Jennifer LeSar staging Cole political payback bash on Sunday at LeSar's San Diego consulting firm

With the blood money battle between the GOP's wealthy Lincoln Club and big labor all wrapped up in San Diego's ...

600 San Onofre employees receive layoff notices

1,100 of 1,500 workers overall to lose jobs as part of plant shutdown

The first round of layoff notices for employees of the now-permanently shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station went out yesterday ...

Pizzeria employee admits embezzling half-million dollars

Susan Seibert expects four years prison

A 49-year-old woman admitted taking more than $500,000 from her pizzeria employer, in a plea deal in San Diego’s North ...

Jurors selected, trial begins in case of anti-bank protester

First witness called but testimony cut short due to timing.

The trial in the case of the man who wrote protest slogans in children's washable chalk on a public sidewalk ...

Market share for "distressed" properties continues to shrink

The real estate industry California Association of Realtors trade group is out with its latest report on “distressed” property sales, ...

California rocker accused of hiring hitman gets court date

Tim Lambesis not due in court again until September

Timothy Lambesis, who is out of custody on $2 million bond posted last May, was in a San Diego courtroom ...

Playing follow the money with DeMaio vs. Peters

Military, cell-phone, conservative, and San Diego State University lobbies all factor in fast-paced, high-dollar San Diego congressional race

With Carl DeMaio set to kick off his campaign for congress this evening in the shopping aisles of Coles Carpets, ...

Paraplegic man sues City of San Diego in Federal Court for lack of access to La Jolla Children's Pool

The issue of access at La Jolla Children's Pool will be floating into Federal Court. This case, however, is not ...

Electric rates on the rise, SDG&E blames San Onofre closure

San Diego Gas & Electric is sending out bills to about a quarter of its customers, or 350,000 residents and ...

Big bucks line up against greenhouse gas legislation

Those opposing give $25.1 million to senators

President Obama spoke today, as he did in the 2013 State of the Union speech, about limiting greenhouse gas emissions. ...

SANDAG files suit against 20 financial institutions for rigging market

They allegedly manipulated the benchmark LIBOR rate

The Regents of the University of California and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) filed suits in separate federal ...

CPUC group wants to protect consumers on San Onofre charges

Division of Ratepayer Advocates says Edison and SDG&E should remove nuclear facility charges from customers' rates

The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), a wing of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), representing consumer interests, today (June ...

Chalking the plank: Judge won't allow bank protester to claim first amendment rights

Arguments are set to begin tomorrow morning.

The First Amendment has no place in Superior Court Judge Howard M. Shore's courtroom, not when it comes to vandalism ...

“Mental competency” of man accused of killing mom is questioned

Court proceedings now suspended for Bryan Chang

A Los Angeles man accused of beating his mother to death in her ocean-view home in San Diego County will ...

Ethics watchdog instructs ex-San Diego mayor on how to cool off

Advice letter to former mayor Jerry Sanders comes after questions about Republican’s road trip to Mexico City with current Democratic mayor Bob Filner

The hottest days of summer are right around the corner, so what better time for craft beer-promoting ex-San Diego mayor ...

Training camp for aspiring Republican politicians launching in July

The local Republican party is looking to groom potential political candidates for office, announcing yesterday (June 24) the upcoming launch ...

SD home prices kept soaring in April

S&P/Case-Shiller numbers show hot markets

Standard&Poor's/Case-Shiller home price data released this morning (June 25) show prices continuing to soar in April. San Diego prices rose ...

That SD-based spring pro football league was launched by embezzler

Cuadra stole money from employer, spent most of it to start league

Jaime Cuadra pleaded guilty today (June 24) to wire fraud and filing a false income tax return in connection with ...

Issa raked in $59.4 million last year

House disclosure form shows he dabbled in junk bond funds

North County Congressman Darrell Issa took in $59.4 million last year, according to a disclosure form he filed with the ...

Escondido set to approve big contracts for city manager, city attorney

The Escondido City Council is set to consider three-year contract extensions for City Manager Clay Phillips and City Attorney Jeffrey ...

MTS banks payment on right-of-way lease to desert railway

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System announced progress on Friday (June 21) on an agreement with Pacific Imperial Railroad, which seeks ...

Mob lawyer’s memoir omits Hedgecock and Manchester

No mention of infamous client Roger Hedgecock, political godfather Doug Manchester, nor Moe Dalitz's notorious La Costa resort in new book by Las Vegas ex-mayor Oscar Goodman

San Diego has had a long line of controversial mayors, but arguably no one as colorful - and Mafia connected ...

Wall Street a trap for outsiders, says Madoff

He should know; he pulled history's largest Ponzi scheme

MarketWatch has interviewed Bernard Madoff, the architect of history's biggest Ponzi scheme, in prison. (He is serving 150 years.) "The ...

Padres: You get less bang for the buck

Study compares resale ticket prices, winning percentage, competition quality

According to MarketWatch, a Texas company, TicketCity, has done a study of how much bang baseball fans get for their ...

DUI crackdown nets one drunk driver

Saturday night’s DUI crackdown at the San Diego County Fair, which brought officers from eight local law enforcement agencies together ...

He chalks the line: City Attorney prosecutes man for writing anti-bank slogans in water soluble chalk

Man faces 13 years and $13,000 if convicted of vandalism with sidewalk chalk.

Jan Goldsmith's job as City Attorney is to represent the City of San Diego. In addition, it appears as if ...

Crowds at Oceanside beach first weekend of summer

Clear, sunny day draws families to breezy fun

The first Saturday of summer saw consistent crowds all day at the beaches in Oceanside, California. Visitors Kassidy, 8, and ...

Questions raised over City Attorney's decision to release transcripts of closed session meeting

Transcripts were given as a response to a public records request from only two days before.

Mayor Bob Filner said he wanted a more open, transparent city government. Having the City Attorney release transcripts of closed ...

Lincoln Club accuses Mayor Filner of ruining City's reputation.

Conservative group says Mayor's style is too abrasive.

Mayor Bob Filner is ruining San Diego's reputation, says conservative political group, The Lincoln Club. And while many residents might ...

SD hotel business up, but lagging other coast markets

Occupancy still below comparable rate for 2007

According to Smith Travel Research, occupancy in San Diego hotels inched up to 68.7% this year through May, compared with ...

DUI patrol heads to the fair

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, responsible for law enforcement in Del Mar, has announced that it will be partnering ...

San Diego's GOP fundraising fox hosted by lobbyists' PAC

House Republican Darrell Issa partakes of multiple dips in D.C. law and lobbying firm's golden money pool

With half-time approaching, it's been a lucrative political fundraising year for members of San Diego's congressional delegation, both Democratic and ...

County unemployment rate drops to 6.7% in May

County gains 6000 jobs for month, 20,300 from year ago

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 6.7% in May, down from a revised 7% in April, and below a ...

Widow of alleged rock-throwing man killed by Border Patrol sues officials, U.S.

The U.S. Border Patrol embraces an unlawful policy that allows agents who have rocks thrown at them to respond with ...

Allen Jones reportedly out as Mayor Filner's Deputy Chief of Staff.

Jones reportedly let go one week after mystery donation from developer Sunroad is exposed.

Was there a shakeup in the Mayor's Office after an alleged shakedown? That could be the case. There have been ...

Repeat felon denies new charges in San Diego County courtroom

Did not beat girlfriend, nor try to run her over, nor flee officers with wanton disregard

Kenneth Wayne Welch, 42, got into an argument with his girlfriend while they were in a car and he grabbed ...

Sacramento resident pleads guilty to smuggling endangered fish here

He brought in Totoaba swim bladders from Mexico

Jason Xie, Sacramento resident, pleaded guilty yesterday (June 19) to bringing endangered Totoaba fish swim bladders into the United States. ...

Clues sought in Imperial Beach assault (updated)

San Diego County Crime Stoppers is looking for information this afternoon (June 20) that might help them identify a group ...

Free Vargas road trip rolls into Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Freshman Democrat's first free trip of congressional career takes him to familiar lobbyist golfing territory

When he was a member of the state legislature and a big favorite of insurance companies, Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas ...

Appeal over Romney's proposed remodel dropped. Project set to move forward.

Appeal due to lack of public notice was dropped two days after Ann Romney appeared at City Council hearing.

Who says non-agenda public comment at city council meetings doesn't have any impact? Of course, it helps when your last ...

Family sues Monsanto Company for role in death of former airport employee

Lawsuit alleges Carl Wayne Hopkins died from long-term exposure to fuels and lubricants, some of which produced by Monsanto.

A lawsuit was filed in San Diego's Southern District U.S Court on Wednesday against the powerful seed company and king ...

Lacrosse tournament may cause traffic problems, Del Mar officials say

The City of Del Mar is warning residents to prepare for traffic delays this weekend related to the LXMATS San ...

Home values in West, including SD, continue soaring

But this won't last, warns Zillow.com economist

Home values in the U.S. continued surging in May, but the West ran away with the prizes -- for the ...

Burglar caught through stolen iPhone gets prison

Oceanside cops tracked cell phone to culprit

There were a string of burglaries almost a year ago, the night of July 4th in 2012, in the seaside ...

Is "Enron by the Sea" tag apt again?

Wall Street Journal tells of officials looking gift horse in the teeth

Today (June 19) the Wall Street Journal asks if San Diego once again merits the apt appellation "Enron by the ...

Powerlink proving importance in San Onofre's absence

San Diego Gas & Electric is boasting about the successes of its 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink, stating in a June 18 ...

Members of sports gambling ring indicted

"Macho Sports" ran from Peru, taking Internet and telephone bets

Eighteen members of a gambling ring located in Southern California and Peru were charged with operating "Macho Sports," an illegal ...

SDSU's expose of DeMaio coincides with Peters’ university support boast

San Diego State University-run public broadcasting operation steps into congressional fray with investigation of GOP foe of House Democrat on Armed Services committee

San Diego State University's KPBS public broadcasting operation is out today with an expose of ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio, the ...

EPA announces $1 million in environmental funding available for border projects

Programs have until July 31 to apply for grants funding environmental projects near Mexico border

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), $1 million USD will be made available for eligible environmental projects ...

Missing eight year girl old sought in Tijuana area

Authorities and family members are searching for child after she disappeared on June 18

Authorities and family members are frantically searching for an eight year old girl, after she disappeared from a Tijuana shopping ...

U-T must pay former carriers $3.18 million, will appeal

Suit similar to successful one against Orange County Register

U-T San Diego must pay 1.285 former newspaper carriers $3.18 million, according to an intended statement of decision by Superior ...

Foreclosure shortage driving housing market inflation

California home prices continue to spike, according to a new report from PropertyRadar, formerly ForeclosureRadar. The research firm attributes the ...

Bypassing the bylaws? Local planning group accused of plowing through process to keep illegal stop signs

Peninsula planning group accused of violating the Brown Act in their quest to keep two illegally placed stop signs in Point Loma

'Stop in the name of the bylaws,' is the message from dozens of Point Loma residents in Point Loma to ...

California woman busted with 23 pounds of narcotics at Calexico port of entry

Calexico, CA citizen arrested in possession of heroin and methamphetamine hidden in vehicles muffler

United States Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a California woman, at the Calexico downtown port of entry, in possession ...

Bids solicited for Santee Lakes restroom replacement

Initial cost estimate at $499,000

The Padre Dam Water District is seeking sealed bids for the replacement of a restroom facility at the Sycamore campground ...

Fishing for campaign funds a finished business on Hunter's political party boat

Gary Hart's "Monkey Business" has nothing on Duncan Hunter's "Finished Business" upcoming fundraising cruise backed by boat makers lobby

Democratic Senator Gary Hart had his fling with Donna Rice in Bimini on a yacht called Monkey Business back in ...

California Public Record Act decimated by recent vote

Will Governor Brown use his veto power? What do local politicians have to say about their vote?

Peter Scheer of the California First Amendment Coalition is calling on people who are concerned about open government to contact ...

Why pro sports subsidies are c**p

But Oakland A's owner denies he sabotaged the plumbing

On Sunday, the Oakland A's sewage system backed up. Neil deMause of fieldofschemes.com said one thing was certain: there would ...

San Diego Housing Federation announces Ruby Awards for affordable housing

The affordable housing advocacy group San Diego Housing Federation is out with its annual Ruby Awards, which honor new housing ...

County Supervisors sued for wind turbine-friendly approach

Lawsuit filed by "backcountry groups" over changes to General Plan.

All it is is a fuss over wind...energy. That's the crux of a lawsuit from so-called "backcountry warrior," Donna Tisdale ...

Southbound lanes at Otay Mesa border crossing to partially close during overnight hours

Construction to last a week in order to build canopy for Border Patrol agents

Two to three lanes will temporarily close down each night, at the Otay Mesa southbound border crossing, in order to ...

Oceanside man denies stuffing girlfriend's body under bed

Pleads not guilty to murder and use of knife

Oceanside police said 24-year-old Arturo Salazar killed the mother of his two children and stuffed her body under the bed ...

April Fools Day shooter found guilty

Could get life in prison for killing Carlsbad man

Joseph Robertson Verkade has been declared guilty of murder, in the shooting death of a man in his Carlsbad garage ...

Governor's sister and crony now both on Sempra board

Brown family has history of controversy regarding cross-border-related energy involvement in California and Mexico

Governor Jerry Brown's insider contingent at Sempra Energy got bigger last week with the announcement that his sister, former California ...

Free summer lunch program for San Diego students begins tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 18, marks the kick-off of San Diego Unified School District's Summer Fun Cafe, a free lunch program for ...

DUI, domestic violence warrant sweeps yield 27 arrests

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department conducted another early morning warrant sweep on Saturday (June 15), clearing 36 warrants by arresting ...

Baja state police turn down $240,000 bribe during arrest

Authorities resist bribe from suspects who allegedly made death threats

Baja California state police arrested two suspects in Tijuana with a large amount of United States currency, on Saturday, June ...

Manchester hotel to break ground in Austin in November

Papa Doug's son releases consultant study claiming there is need for it

The $350 million Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin will start going up in November, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Developer ...

SD 10th in science, tech, engineer, math jobs

23% of local jobs require such skills

There is a category of jobs with the acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). According to a new study ...

Goldsmith grabs guns of allegedly suicidal dentist in 2nd Amendment appeal

California's 4th District appellate court holds that allegations of suicidal tendencies trump San Diego woman's constitutional right to bear arms.

Chalk up a victory for San Diego GOP city attorney Jan Goldsmith, not in his long-running power war with Democratic ...

Food fight: Dole CEO accused of taking company private on the cheap

Dole Food, the largest tenant on San Diego’s working waterfront, is facing a challenge as shareholders fight a move by ...

DeMaio to host "Champagne with the Campaign" event in hopes of attracting support from women

Event will be at DeMaio's house on Saturday, June 15.

Former councilmember and runner-up in last year's mayoral race Carl DeMaio is courting the female vote in his run for ...

Money well spent: after hiring local lobbying firm, exception carved into marijuana ordinance for vending machine manufacturer

Medbox, Inc., manufacturers of a marijuana vending machine marketed at medical marijuana collective storefronts, is touting its success in obtaining ...

Marriott wants fat subsidy to keep Tony Robbins seminar in Palm Desert

Town asked to chip in $20,000 to keep motivational seminar

CORPORATE WELFARE REPORT: The J.W. Marriott Desert Springs resort is asking Palm Desert to cough up $20,000 to help keep ...

Man born in Tijuana prison suspected of killing 7 in La Paz

Suspect has allegedly admitted to killing and burying victims

A 20 year old Tijuana native is in custody after allegedly killing seven victims in Baja California Sur. The victims ...

Family waited at school for Escondido boy who was taken

Police announce $1 million warrant for suspect now in Florida

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was abducted last Monday said a family member went to pick up the ...

Mitt Romney's renovation hits a snag. Appeal filed to halt project.

Planning Commission to discuss the appeal at an upcoming meeting.

Mitt Romney has seen some ups and downs this year. The latest bad news focuses on his plans to tear ...

No conflicts of interest in hiring D.C. lobbyist, San Diego development honcho says

Fresh military base closure fears spawn new lobbying gig for Washington law firm of San Diego super lawyer and regional Economic Development Corporation board member

The process of deciding which of the nation's sprawling complex of military bases should be closed in the name of ...

Florida man charged with kidnapping boy in Escondido, California

Escondido policeman said he expects case to be tried here

Police say a 36-year-old man intercepted a 14-year-old boy on his way home from school in Escondido and absconded with ...

San Diegans for Open Government challenges legality of assessment districts in a June 12 lawsuit

City must find legal justification for assessments or else might be on the hook for millions in refunds.

Some property and business owners say assessment districts are the perfect tool to revitalize and promote their neighborhoods. Others say ...

Though shutdown is permanent, San Onofre woes continue

Now that the shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been permanent for nearly a week, the realities of ...

Fitch gives SD lease revenue bonds A+ rating

Says tax base recovering but pension problems linger

Fitch Ratings has assigned A+ ratings to $40 million of San Diego capital improvement projects and Old Town Light Rail ...

Then along came the $100,000 -- City Attorney and councilmember question two mystery checks from Sunroad

Mayor vetoed council's decision to grant developer a setback. Mayor has since changed his position and now City Attorney is asking about two mystery checks from Sunroad to Mayor's Office

Updated from an earlier version Is Mayor Bob Filner making secret inroads with developer Sunroad Centrum? If so, San Diego ...

Convicted murderer posted Facebook photos from Tecate, Mexico prison

El Hongo inmates shown posing with cell phones in social network photos

Photos were recently discovered of a convicted murderer, in a Baja California prison, which were apparently uploaded from their own ...

Santee Sheriff station wants to reunite stolen bicycles with their owners

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department station in Santee is seeking to reunite victims of bicycle theft in the Santee and ...

Local Republican endorsement slate rolled out

Despite party praise at national level, DeMaio's name thus far missing from list

San Diego County Republicans are wasting no time getting a jump on the 2014 election campaign, releasing a list of ...

Suspected Spider-Man bandit arrested

La Mesa Police announced on Tuesday afternoon (June 11) that they had made two arrests related to a string of ...

Auto repair centers disciplined

One charged $867.40 for unneeded work

The Bureau of Automotive Repairs has disciplined three firms in the county. Arian Inc., dba Cox Automotive Service, 5782 Miramar ...

Fraley banned from securities business

Peddling Nova Gen stock, he told investors gross untruths

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has banned Paul Randall Fraley from the securities industry. The commission's complaint said that ...

Local jobs outlook positive, says temp employer Manpower

The hiring outlook in San Diego County through the third quarter of 2013 is generally positive, according to data released ...

Another candidate enters the fray in the race for the District 6 council seat

Don Azul officially announces run for city council.

Add another runner to the race for the District 6 council seat. On June 11, soon to be 30-year-old Clairemont ...

Bridgepoint opens new division targeting professionals seeking certification

Under continual fire for saddling students with debt while spending more on marketing than education and lately accused of preying ...

Assemblymember Shirley Weber holds Budget Town Hall in Chula Vista

Panelists present budget possibilities and concerns for the 79th district

Shirley Weber, assembly member for the 79th district, hosted a town hall meeting in Chula Vista June 8. Although the ...

Encinitas shooting victim might have tried to block the bullet

Medical examiner's report described "graze wound" on one arm

A man found shot to death might have put up his arm trying to block the final bullet, based on ...

Filner, tuna fishermen celebrate new US-Canada albacore treaty

Mayor Bob Filner appeared yesterday afternoon (June 10) along with Jack Webster, president of the American Albacore Fishing Association and ...

Two afternoon executions in Tijuana

A man and woman executed during broad daylight in the streets of TJ

Two violent deaths occurred in Tijuana, during the afternoon hours of Monday, June 10. In the first homicide, a woman ...

For-profit colleges exploit African-Americans

Bridgepoint's Ashford among top two schools, says Salon.com

Salon.com has an excellent article dated June 9: "Young, black and buried in debt: How for-profit colleges prey on African-American ...

La Paz solar energy facility to be largest in Latin America

Facility under construction in Baja California Sur to lead region in clean power

Construction is currently under way on a solar energy facility plant in the Baja California Sur city of La Paz. ...

Army to award sole source contract to Chargers for Guard recruiting

Unknown amount of U.S. tax dollars to flow to team owned by wealthy Republican Spanos family, backers of Texan Rick Perry

According to a twitter round-up this morning on U-T San Diego's website, Chargers players and cheerleaders are paying surprise visits ...

CPUC commissioner proposes use of storage systems

Would minimize greenhouse gas emissions, avoid fossil fuel utility plants

Carla Peterman, a commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), proposed today (June 10) that the commission begin a ...

Fullerton lawyer who backed Alvarez gets free Padres tickets from city

"Promotion of growth and development" cited as purpose of awarding ten tickets worth $87.69 each to law firm

Democratic city councilman David Alvarez is spreading some baseball love in the form of free tickets to a Padres game ...

Big Bay Boom prepares to try again

New Jersey company that oversaw last year's debacle once again has contract for massive fireworks display

The Port of San Diego and Garden State Fireworks, the same company behind last year’s catastrophically failed Fourth of July ...

La Jolla residents fight demolition of 1920's Tudor beach cottage

Planning commissioners will discuss an appeal from historical preservationists during a June 13 hearing.

Call it a one-stop shop for all of your development needs. Golba Architecture not only designs residential and commercial building ...

Shark Summer to launch at Birch Aquarium with study on local leopard sharks

As part of the “Shark Summer” program to be launched this July and August at Birch Aquarium, Dr. Andy Nosal, ...

De La Fuente's posh Uruguay restaurant ordered closed

Judge says rotating dining spa, in foreclosure, should be auctioned

La Vista, a fancy, rotating restaurant atop a hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay, has been ordered closed, according to ...

WFP Securities ordered to pay $19 million for peddling Ponzi

Brokerage, closed in 2011, loses before arbitration panel

WFP Securities has been ordered to pay almost $19 million to a trust representing investors who lost money in a ...

Sheriff's helicopter "struck by laser"

At around 12:30 this morning (June 8), San Diego Sheriff Deputies Dollard and Brown report being "struck repeatedly by a ...

Five killed overnight in Tijuana

At least five victims confirmed in bloody Tijuana night

The Attorney General of Baja California (La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado) announced Saturday morning, June 8, that five ...

Odorous, foul-tasting water is perfectly safe, Poway assures residents

Poway is assuring residents that its water is safe to drink, despite a disturbing taste and odor noticed by city ...

California's political watchdog OKs media moonlighting by Assembly staffer in San Diego

Field representative for Democrat Shirley Weber also works for Voice & Viewpoint newspaper and in marketing gigs for non-profit Reality Changers and Internet's Imagine Media Group, regulator's opinion letter says

An aide to Democratic 79th District Assemblywoman Shirley Weber has been told by the state's political watchdog agency that it ...

City slapped with another lawsuit over broken sidewalks

Woman injured after running into an uneven and cracked sidewalk in Linda Vista

Why should the City of San Diego pay for some expensive sidewalk study when it can just rely on the ...

Republicans touting April poll supporting DeMaio's Congressional bid

The National Republican Congressional Committee is touting polling data in a letter to its members that seems to indicate a10-point ...

U.S. gains 175,000 jobs in May

But unemployment rate rises as more join labor force

The United States gained 175,000 jobs in May, more than economists had expected. That is a sharp improvement from the ...

Edison shutting down San Onofre permanently

Announcement made early this (Friday, June 7) morning

Southern California announced this morning that it is shutting down the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, according to a ...

San Onofre closed permanently, says plant operator

The ongoing saga over the future of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station along San Diego’s northern coast appears to ...

Enterprise zones a flop, says new study

They don't generate job growth or promote business development

Enterprise zones, which through tax breaks were supposed to help small businesses in distressed areas, are a boon for big ...

Cunningham worries about local housing bubble

Price-to-income ratio getting pretty high again

Kelly Cunningham, economist for the National University System Institute for Policy Research, says investors are jumping into the San Diego ...

Recipients of half of Sempra non-profit cash unidentified in disclosure

Tax-free “employee” foundation chaired by utility giant's SDG&E external affairs chief kicks in big for LGBT Center, Focus on the Family, Catholic bishop

In the wake of this week's FBI raid on the capitol offices of Democratic state Sen. Ron Calderon, San Diego-based ...

Man gunned down at hamburger stand in Rosarito

Victim was shot in broad daylight while waiting for a hamburger

A man was gunned down in Rosarito, Baja California, while waiting for a hamburger shortly after noon, on Thursday, June ...

Cathy Driscoll, owner of popular commercial fishing wharf, dies in reported suicide

Driscoll owned, Driscoll's Wharf and Marina, a popular spot for small commercial fishing operations.

San Diego's commercial fishing industry took a major hit today upon learning of the death of Cathy Driscoll, owner of ...

Insistent/Bite Me Bandit pleads guilty

Bank robber caught attempting to rob the same branch a third time

Steve Edward Ruby has pleaded guilty to federal counts related to six bank robberies and an attempted seventh, over a ...

Gonzalez hires head staffers

Newly elected state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez announced yesterday (June 5) that she’ll be taking labor industry cohort Evan McLaughlin to ...

Navy man found guilty of 21 felonies by San Diego jury

Prosecutor said abuse went on for three years

Jesus Alejandro Solorzano, 38, was declared guilty of 21 counts of child rape by a jury late yesterday, June 5, ...

Qualcomm unit backs Chinese company aping Apple

Xiaomi founder models self after Steve Jobs

The New York Times today (June 5) has an excellent story on China's Xiaomi, whose head, Lei Jun, is a ...

Former school board member Mitz Lee officially announces run for District 6 council seat

Campaign papers were filed with the City Clerk's Office on June 5

Mitz Lee doesn't just intend on running for the District 6 city council seat, she is running for the District ...

Controlled burn scheduled at MCAS Miramar

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Fire Department has announced it plans to conduct a controlled burn of dead brush ...

Clairemont residents fight against zoning amendment needed for popular fast-food burger joint 173-feet from nearby homes

Regency Centers wants land-use changes to put an In-N-Out Burger close to homes.

Who wouldn't like to have an In-N-Out Drive-Thru just steps from their front doors? Residents of Pacific Bluffs Condominiums in ...

FBI raid draws spotlight to San Diego donors and legislators

Democrats Hueso and Lara, along with Viejas, Sempra, and Bridgepoint, have had big money ties to state's Latino Legislative Caucus

In a California capitol raid rivaling the Shrimpscam bust of the 1980s, FBI agents last evening rolled through the offices ...

Former nuclear chief, others express doubts about San Onofre restart plan

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief Gregory Jaczko stopped short of condemning utility Southern California Edison’s plan to resume operation under ...

Portion of south bound lanes at San Ysidro POE to close overnight during June construction

U.S. construction at Mexico border near San Diego to build awning over traffic lanes

Construction began Monday, June 3, on a canopy that will cover all south bound lanes into Mexico at the San ...

Doctor arrested for selling Oxycodone pills for non-medicinal purposes

William Joseph Watson allegedly got cash, goods, by selling to addicts

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, physician William Joseph Watson was arrested and charged today (June 4) with selling thousands ...

San Diego 13th most romantic travel destination

But look at those cities that are higher on the list

Travel.com has come out with a list of the most romantic U.S. travel destinations. San Diego is 13th on the ...

Tourism campaign announced for National City

Tourism marketing dollars may have been stalled within San Diego over bickering between Mayor Bob Filner and a group of ...

Jury: Daniel Hood did abuse his girlfriend’s child

Child’s father is expected to speak at sentencing next month

“The evidence was overwhelming.” “His testimony was totally unbelievable. He blamed everybody else, everybody else was lying, it was all ...

Income revisions expand access to utility discount program

Recent revisions to income guidelines under the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program released yesterday (June 3) could make ...

Charles Langley resigns from UCAN

So-called watchdog still "irredeemably corrupt," he says

Charles Langley, the well-known and respected executive of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) has resigned. He joined the group in ...

In cross-appeal, Save Our Heritage Organisation rehashes fight over plan to remove traffic from Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama

Group fights appeal from the Plaza de Panama Committee with an appeal of its own

As historic preservation group Save Our Heritage Organisation has learned, the bypass bridge is a tough proposal to kill. But ...

Why the UT should be called the Union-Redneck

Wailing about the cost of art — tiny fraction of subsidized stadia.

UT-TV announcer Roger Hedgecock has interviewed one Trent Seibert, an on-air and in-print reporter for the UT purported Watchdog section. ...

Tim Lambesis bailed out on hired-murder charge

Rock singer paid $160,000 premium to post $2 million bail

Timothy Peter Lambesis, 32, bailed out of jail after twenty-four days in custody, he had been arrested on suspicion of ...

11 year old found in Ensenada after missing for two weeks

Adult arrested when authorities located missing girl

A missing 11 year old girl was located in Ensenada, two weeks after she was reported missing by her grandmother. ...

El Cajon man reports finding wife dead, ends up arrested for murder

El Cajon Police are treating the death last night of a local resident as a homicide, and have announced this ...

Tijuana to halt analogue TV switch-off until at least July

Concerns over citizens left without TV before July state elections arise

The plan for the city of Tijuana to become the first city in Latin America to broadcast television in only ...

Newly refurbished park to open in San Marcos

All-new equipment for park built in 2004

San Elijo Hills Park, adjacent to the upscale San Elijo Hills master-planned development in San Marcos, is set to re-open ...

Koch-tied non-profit teams with Manchester's U-T San Diego

Partnership with non-profit news organization with reported links to Koch brothers revives talk that San Diego publisher could also team in L.A. Times takeover

Is non-profit journalism, the growing practice of using tax free foundation dollars to sponsor what used to be done by ...

Warrant sweep yields 20 arrests

Focus on DUI and domestic violence charges

Sheriff’s deputies cleared 27 warrants and made 20 arrests over the weekend in a warrant sweep targeting individuals with DUI ...

David Copley's downtown condo sold for $3.4 million

He bought it when John Moores needed tenants in ballpark-related building

On May 30, the late David Copley's downtown condo was sold to software whiz Steve G. Bjorg for $3.4 million, ...

Spectator killed during Baja 500

Driver from San Jose, California lost control on sharp curve

A spectator of the Baja 500 race was killed near Ensenada, BC, after an American driver lost control of his ...

Filmmaker James Cameron Admits to Practicing Engineering Without a Degree

James Cameron took to the stage in the company of local scientists at U.C. San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium Friday to accept the 2013 Neirenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest awarded annually by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Though Cameron is an "Explorer-in-Residence" with the National Geographic Society, and he has worked on several deep-sea exploration projects, including ...

Religious war sparked outside home of Padres' Minor League affiliate

Lake Elsinore officials told single cross on veterans memorial is inappropriate, change design to multiple crosses

As expected by many in the Lake Elsinore community in southern Riverside, a lawsuit has been filed to block the ...

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