News Ticker Entries for March, 2013

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Grand theft dog: two pit bulls stolen from El Cajon shelter

El Cajon Police are looking for two men suspected of stealing a pair of pit bulls late Thursday afternoon from ...

Your SDGE bill may be going up 7.7%

Proposed decision would push up monthly rate by $6.55

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Administrative Law Judge John Wong yesterday (March 29) posted his tentative decision in the San ...

San Diego is a Target on North Korea's Attack Map

North Korea threatens to strike the United States - San Diego may be on the list.

On Friday March 29, national and international news agencies reported on North Korea's public threat to attack US cities as ...

Oceanside gangster sent to California state prison this week

George Leno Orozco admitted meth sales

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

Lobbyist for Fox Sports in Padres cable blackout also represents pot vending machine maker

Southwest Strategies, whose ex-employees include spokesman for city attorney Jan Goldsmith, seeks to cash in lobbying for medical marijuana law

As reported here two days ago, Southwest Strategies LLC, the influence peddling boutique founded by ex-San Diego Tribune reporter Alan ...

Star NFL safety's lawsuit against La Jolla billionaire's son Harry Rady to play out in court

A judge issued tentative ruling denying Troy Polamalu's motion for summary judgement against Harry Rady

Safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers and resident of La Jolla, Troy Polamalu, is far from snatching victory in his lawsuit ...

Jury said Vista man guilty of resisting arrest

Man reportedly bloodied in the street, outside a house party

After a two-day jury trial, a Vista man was declared guilty of felony resisting-arrest, in San Diego’s North County Superior ...

Congressmembers Vargas, Davis, Peters push for San Ysidro border funding

Representatives Scott Peters and Susan Davis are maintaining high profiles around town, appearing this morning with Rep. Juan Vargas in ...

Personal and campaign gifts to council Democrats a long tradition at GOP's Evans operation

Todd Gloria only the latest in a long line of pro-Evans council members to get campaign cash, tickets, food, and other blandishments from major city lessee.

Now that San Diego's GOP hotel moguls have reportedly decided to call off their lawsuit and cut a deal with ...

Migrants found in refrigerated truck traveling through Imperial Valley

A group of 7 migrants discovered at Border Patrol checkpoint, large cocaine seizure days earlier

The El Centro Sector Border Patrol released a news brief on Thursday, March 28th, confirming the apprehension of 7 Mexican ...

SD February unemployment falls to 8%

Jobs grew for month and also from year ago

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 8% in February, down from a revised 8.6% in January. The county gained ...

Majority of narcotic arrests near Mexico border involve U.S. citizens

New report reveals large number of U.S. citizens involved in border drug trafficking

According to a recent analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting, 4 out of 5 border drug smuggling busts involve ...

Police nab prolific burglar of Ford Rangers

La Mesa Police have arrested San Diegan Nikolas Aledam, 29, and his girlfriend, Destanie Trout, 28, as the result of ...

NFL doctor tries to squelch mention of CTE

Seau had chronic traumatic encephalopathy prior to suicide

According to today's (March 28) New York Times, a government agency prepared a safety fact sheet on degenerative brain disease ...

La Jollans protest post office closure

Local elected officials and residents gathered outside the La Jolla Post Office on Wall Street this afternoon (March 28), to ...

Escondido man admits misdemeanor child abuse in plea deal

Eight-year-old case charged second-degree murder for death of toddler

On Monday of this week, a mistrial was declared when a jury could not come to unanimous decision in an ...

Council President Todd Gloria once served as a board member for the Tourism Authority

Spokesperson says Gloria served as a non-voting member and does not need to disclose his involvement.

Council President Todd Gloria is now at the center of the clash between Mayor Bob Filner and officials from the ...

UT San Diego hopes to add four new buildings to Mission Valley property, including a 23-story residential tower

Additional details on mixed-use development revealed at public meeting.

A consultant and land planner hired by Doug Manchester released additional details on his proposed development of UT San Diego's ...

Obama bundler, not Filner, gets top spot at county Democrats' gala

San Diego mayor not mentioned in invitation to county party's Paint the Town Blue May awards dinner

He's the first Democrat since 1988 to get elected mayor of America's eighth-largest city and currently engaged in an epic ...

Friday night party bus finishes with head under car

Escondido man denies DUI hit-and-run causing injury

Three young Latinas testified that they got on a “party bus” about 9 p.m. Friday night, March 8, and went ...

USD conference examines climate change's effects on San Diego

A group of regional, national, and global climate change experts has convened on campus at the University of San Diego, ...

Vibrator giveaway doesn't appear to have swept San Diego

Event at Stingaree apparently didn't create New York-type revolution

Trojan, the venerable maker of condoms, gave away $30 and $40 vibrators -- for men and women -- this afternoon ...

Investigative author Caitlin Rother amplifies her remarks on DeMaio

She is indignant about claims of gay-bashing, political sniping

Caitlin Rother, crime author and former U-T investigative reporter, tonight (March 27) issued a longer statement on her role in ...

Tourism drops sharply for month through March 23

But it may be premature to tie decline to advertising spat

New data from Smith Travel Research show that occupancy in San Diego hotels dropped 4.3% for the four weeks ended ...

TMD consultant and his firm has collected nearly $550,000 in TMD revenues since 2008

Invoices show John Lambeth and Civitas Advisors has collected over a half million dollars from San Diego's tourism district

At the March 26 council hearing nearly one hundred hotel and tourism employees urged, sometimes yelled, at Mayor Bob Filner ...

Inappropriate exposure alleged at Encinitas tanning salon

Low-buckled pants reach felony level, according to prosecutor

Molly said, “I work at a tanning salon.” The salon is located near the intersection of Highway 101 and Encinitas ...

Baja State prosecutor: 20% of female homicides are drug related

State official claims rise in female murders is related to rise in female criminals

The head Baja California state prosecutor, Rommel Moreno Manjarrez, stated that the rise in female homicides in the state is ...

Padres worth $600 million; Yanks $2.3 billion

Padres 18th in Major League Baseball valuation, says Forbes

Forbes magazine today (March 27) published its annual compilation of the valuation of Major League Baseball teams. The top four ...

Regional preparedness urged during National Tsunami Awareness Week

The city of Del Mar sent out a notice March 26 reminding citizens that National Tsunami Awareness Week (March 24-30) ...

Fox Sports lobbies up in ongoing civic war over Padres TV blackout

Southwest Strategies reveals new lobbying client late the same day city council passes resolution in baseball cable dispute

As reported here yesterday, Time Warner Cable has retained the services of San Diego super lobbyist Paul Robinson in the ...

City of San Diego hopped up on craft breweries; proposing zoning changes to allow for tasting rooms

City ready to allow breweries to attach tasting rooms and other dining areas greater than 3,000 square feet.

Craft beer is big in San Diego. New craft brews are hopping up throughout the City and County. In recent ...

Robot skateboard used to demonstrate engineering to students

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego has enlisted the help of a robot skateboard to promote the ...

Oceanside couple admit abusing their niece in plea deal

Accused of hiring out girl and keeping her as a servant

An Oceanside couple accused of sexually assaulting their 12-year-old niece more than ten years ago made a plea deal in ...

Myrtle Cole, Dwayne Crenshaw headed for runoff in race to fill vacant City Council seat

Labor-backed candidate Myrtle Cole and San Diego Pride executive director Dwayne Crenshaw, recently disputing a local paper’s insinuation that his ...

Major League Baseball sues alleged supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to Padres' Grandal

Instruction on avoiding MLB detection accompanied purchases, league claims

Major League Baseball has filed suit against Biogenesis of America, an “anti-aging” clinic in southern Florida that the league claims ...

GOP super-lobbyist long tied to U-T San Diego publisher enters Padres TV fray

Growing intrigue over possible ties between "Padres to the People" bid and Time Warner Cable trench cut fee deal

As first reported here last July, U-T San Diego columnist Matt Hall kicked off his "Padres to the People" campaign ...

L.A. native gets 43 year sentence for killing two people near Ensenada

American working for cartel killed a man and woman, seriously injured another woman

A United States citizen, working as a hitman in Mexico, was sentenced to over 43 years in prison on Monday, ...

Year to date hotel occupancy rates are actually up in San Diego, despite missed marketing opportunity

Report shows that occupancy rates so far this year actually rose by 2 percent compared to the same time last year.

Hotel occupancy is down in San Diego. In a March 25 article in the UT San Diego, Joe Terzi from ...

SD average home prices top metro areas' yearly gain

San Diego values up 9.8% year over year

Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price values for January, released this morning (March 26), show San Diego County values rising 9.8% ...

Home sales volume increasing, but still short of last year's pace

Rising values mean more borrowers avoid short sales

The total number of existing homes under contract to be sold rose last month as compared to January, but sales ...

Prosecutor: Marine admitted killing in his handwritten journal

“Murder is justice” written on the first page

Investigators found a composition notebook labeled “personal journal of Kevin Coset” and on the first handwritten page the writer specifically ...

Jury favored acquittal for Fallbrook man accused in death of toddler

Mistrial declared today in 8-year-old case charged as fatal child abuse

The jury was deadlocked with the vote at 9 to 3 favoring acquittal, for a 29-year-old Fallbrook man charged with ...

Owners of dogs that killed housecleaner will not be charged

Five dogs were destroyed and three dogs from the Fallbrook home were adopted out

There will be no charges brought against the owners of eight dogs that reportedly caused the death of a housecleaner ...

Faulconer returns with new ordinance banning oversized vehicles and trailers on City streets

Options include a pilot program as well as a citywide ordinance.

Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is back in the driver's seat, hoping to steer San Diego closer to an ordinance that would ...

City ethics commission won't release Maas investigation documents

Executive director turns down public records act request for emails and other material, saying, "Commission could decide to re-open a closed matter"

It's without a doubt San Diego's most sensational political story so far this year: yesterday's UT San Diego exclusive about ...

Hot time in the old vice district this Wednesday

Free vibrators to be given out at Stingaree hot spot

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, pimps and prostitutes prowled San Diego's Stingaree district south of Broadway, roughly ...

Over 10 tons of drugs seized in Baja California Sur

5 tons of crystal meth and 5 tons of marijuana confiscated near San Ignacio

More than ten tons of narcotics were seized over the weekend near the remote Baja California Sur town of San ...

Former mayor sues Escondido over alleged misappropriation of funds

City spent $20,000 advocating for two ballot measures in November 2012 election

Former Escondido Mayor Jerry Harmon is suing the city, its sitting mayor Sam Abed, the city council, and a handful ...

Mayor Filner's Special Events Committee collects cash to pay down State of the City and Inaugural Events

The committee received more than $6,000 from Bridgepoint Education, Republic Services, and SDG&E

Mayor Bob Filner's State of the City address and inauguration event were brought to you, in part, by Bridgepoint Education, ...

Encinitas gas station robber Tasered, arrested

A man was arrested in Encinitas late Saturday night (March 23) after threatening and attempting to rob the same victim ...

Qualcomm puts big bucks in offshore havens to avoid U.S. taxes

Added $2.9 billion to stash last year -- 22nd among U.S. companies

Qualcomm in the past year added $2.9 billion to its stash of profits shifted to foreign tax havens, according to ...

Filner seeks "change agent" in new chief operating officer, recruiting brochure says

No salary set for key management position; document says San Diego mayor is "similar to the Governor or the President"

San Diego's Democratic mayor Bob Filner has been busy lately handling everything from seal kicking to a lawsuit filed by ...

Repeat felon gets 3 years California State prison

Most recently admitted kidnap while out on probation

Late last month, an admitted kidnapper was sent to State prison for three years. This sentence included time for four ...

San Diegan claims he was fired for not being gay

John de Miranda, former CEO of Stepping Stone San Diego, an organization founded in 1976 and based in City Heights ...

Big Texas money enters San Diego's fourth district city council fray

Austin real estate executive and African safari goer who handles luxury San Diego holdings becomes third major donor to Williams' cause

It's not quite the Rick Perry campaign, but a big-time Texas real estate maven has just kicked in $6750 to ...

SD unemployment rises in January as jobs decline

Not surprisingly, retail jobs account for one-third of job loss

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 8.6% in January, up from a revised 8.2% in December and below the ...

Trials and tribulations: State wants to charge $10 fee for public to view court files

New proposal is included in a bill from the Judicial Branch

A recent proposal from California's Judicial Branch gives a whole new meaning to the term 'trials and tribulations'. In this ...

More than 200,000 travelers expected in Baja California for Easter

Annual tourists expected to continue in large numbers for Semana Santa

The state of Baja California expects up to a quarter million travelers to visit tourists destinations during Easter week, which ...

San Onofre cost three times as much shut down as replacement power

Southern California Edison’s plan to restart one of the two shuttered nuclear reactors at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station could ...

New York Times cites LPL's regulatory problems

Brokerage sells high-commission non-traded REITs, among other things

San Diego-based LPL Financial has grown into the nation's fourth largest brokerage firm with 13,300 brokers, 6,500 offices and 4.3 ...

Papa Doug's son says he is for same-sex marriage

Says his father now regrets the funds he provided to Prop. 8

The Austin Chronicle, in an article that was picked up here, confused Douglas F. "Papa Doug" Manchester, founder of Manchester ...

Quail Brush, Pio Pico turned down, but....

Door seems to open for SDGE to try again for new plants

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), meeting today (March 21), turned down Quail Brush and Pio Pico power plants that ...

Tentatively, judge sides with Filner in TMD dispute

Oral arguments to be heard Friday

Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor today (March 21) turned down the request of the Tourism Marketing District (TMD) to force ...

Mother kills two young daughters, then self, in Rosarito

Daughters 7 and 9 gagged then hung

Playas de Rosarito police discovered two young girls murdered in their home in the evening of Wednesday, March 20th. The ...

U.S. Border Patrol is still thinking about it

Two off-duty agents survived a public fight and then trial for battery

This morning, March 21, 2013, the United States Border Patrol stated: “Agent Helwig and Agent Torello are on administrative duties ...

Big labor spends $75,000 for Democrat in fourth district council race

Campaign committee run by San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council lays out more than $75,000 for cause of Myrtle Cole, according to filing

With the special election for city council in San Diego's fourth city council district already shaping up as a classic ...

San Diego home values, rents keep rising sharply

County rents 4th highest among major metro areas

Is the housing bubble reinflating? With the Federal Reserve continuing to create money at a frenetic pace, one has to ...

News rack ordinance adopted along San Diego bay front

The Port of San Diego yesterday (March 19) released an 18-page set of restrictions governing the use and placement of ...

Business owners in Alpine sue SDG&E over impacts from Sunrise Powerlink

Construction impacts caused many businesses to lose major cash and even forced some to close.

SDG&E's newly built Sunrise Powerlink is the tie that binds the power grids in Imperial Valley and San Diego County. ...

Local think tank names new research director

The Center on Policy Initiatives, a labor-friendly San Diego economic think tank, announced yesterday (March 19) that Dr. Peter Brownell ...

Ex-firm of judge in moguls' anti-Filner case revises disclosure to show more campaign contributions

Downtown's Sheppard Mullin, a major hotel developer lobbyist, amends filing four days after story on contributions of its lawyers to failed GOP mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, a city hall lobbying mainstay for members of San Diego's hotel development industry, La Jolla's ...

Debate over fluoride in water resurfaces in San Diego

Outside funding is running dry and the City must decide what to do about the fluoridation of the water supply.

The debate over adding fluoride to the City's water supply is back. After two years, the City of San Diego ...

Decision on San Onofre delayed again

A decision by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission on whether to allow Southern California Edison to partially bring its San ...

Repeat felon admits killing transgender prostitute

January 2012 beating death in Oceanside now confessed as second-degree-murder

Tyree Davon Paschall, 29, admitted killing a transgender prostitute more than a year ago, in Oceanside. In a plea deal ...

Appellate court refuses to stop closed CPUC meeting

Utilities commission can go ahead with closed conclave tomorrow at Scripps Seaside Forum

The Fourth District Court of Appeal today (March 19) denied a bid by San Diegan Masada Disenhouse to block a ...

Man admits to dismembering woman with help of family members in Tijuana

Suspect killed victim and attempted to dispose of body before being caught near border fence

A Tijuana man admitted to killing and dismembering a woman after being detained by municipal authorities on Monday, March 18th. ...

Meth trafficker sentenced to prison

Man admits to distributing 30-40 pounds of methamphetamine per month for Mexican Mafia prison gang

A prolific methamphetamine trafficker has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison following his guilty plea on racketeering charges. ...

Edison says operating San Onofre at full power is safe after all

Risk of tube risk greatly heightened after 11 months, utility still says it wants to test reactor under 70% load

Amid rumors that Southern California Edison’s plan to restart one of the two troubled reactors at San Onofre Nuclear Generating ...

Louis Perez and two others ordered to trial for killing

California judge finds sufficient evidence of kidnap, torture and murder

Louis Ray Perez, 46, frowned at the judge while he was being ordered to stand trial for the killing of ...

Two female victims found dead within 48 hours near U.S. border in Tijuana

One victim’s body dismembered, another strangled to death

Two women were found dead near the U.S. border in Tijuana within 48 hours, according to municipal and state authorities. ...

Print media, TV news hit hard last year, says Pew study

Digital news audience surges, but news media not cashing in

The news industry is "more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information ...

Wife of port scandal figure gives big to Bruce Williams cause

Out-of-district developers heaping cash on Fourth District council race

Some of San Diego's richest and most controversial developers are pouring money into one of its poorest city council districts ...

Neurologists recommend stricter concussion guidelines

One risk factor is presence of gene that often leads to Alzheimer's disease

The American Academy of Neurology, meeting today (March 18) in San Diego, issued new guidelines for dealing with athletes' concussions. ...

Scammers target owners of Mexican timeshares

California DRE says perpetrators have hijacked the names of stateside licensees

In case selling a timeshare itself isn’t a hazardous enough proposition, the California Department of Real Estate has reported that ...

PGR: Drug related crimes plummeting in Baja California

Official report states lower drug crime in state and nation for start of year

The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico (Procuraduría General de la República or PGR) released positive statistics on drug related crime ...

City to spend $7 million to shore up two sewage pump stations that failed during September 2011 blackout

City to install seven backup generators at the two pump stations that sent 3.4 million gallons of sewage during massive outage

On March 4 San Diego city councilmembers agreed to pay a $600,000 fine for a massive sewage dump from two ...

Lobbyist White makes hay simultaneously handling city of Malibu and U2's the Edge

Potential conflict of interest involving Pete Wilson’s ex-top political guru and high flying lobbying business detailed in L.A. Times

Today's Los Angeles Times is it out with a report on the rapidly growing amount of cash the state's cities ...

St. Patrick's weekend DUI checkpoints net two drunk drivers

4,383 cars stopped, 47 non-DUI cites, 23 cars impounded

Area law enforcement coordinated another DUI crackdown over the weekend, posting “DUI/driver license checkpoints” throughout San Diego County in Encinitas, ...

Will Chargers leave for LA? Which newspaper d'ya read?

LA Times, U-T, Denver Post have different views on what Anschutz doing

Denver multi-billionaire Philip Anschutz on Thursday decided not to sell his Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The bids were too low. ...

Mayor Bob Filner releases more details on draft medical marijuana ordinance

Ordinance would enact a two-percent tax on all purchases while easing zoning restrictions for dispensary operators.

Mayor Bob Filner's goal to improve access for patients in need of "compassionate use of medical marijuana throughout San Diego" ...

Immigration reform on the table at A Better San Diego breakfast forum

A Better San Diego, a collection of community and faith groups largely backed by local labor unions, held the latest ...

Payment for Illumina's patent suit loss one of nation's largest

However, investors don't seem to be worried about $96 million judgment

On Thursday (March 14) a jury in Tacoma, Washington found that local biotech Illumina, maker of genetic analysis equipment, infringed ...

DNA of both Louis Perez and murder victim found on “stun baton”

Investigators collected evidence from homes and cars of suspects

Shelley Webster, a forensic biologist, told a judge she found the DNA of Louis Perez on the strap and handle ...

Caterer sentenced for tax evasion

Peltier to pay restitution, serve home incarceration and detention

Robert Peltier, one of two principal owners of Ranch Catering, was ordered to pay $222,822 in restitution today (March 15) ...

Top cartel operative apprehended in Tijuana

Alleged second in command of Arellano Félix Organization arrested

The Mexican Army carried out an operation for over an hour in the Colonia Juárez in Tijuana, on Friday, March ...

Institutions not propelling SD home sales

But big buyers pushing L.A., Vegas, Phoenix, Sacramento sales

Here's good news for the San Diego economy. For the year ended December of 2012, large institutional buyers accounted for ...

Drone Protests hit six month mark, model Reaper drone unveiled

San Diego Veterans for Peace, a group which has been holding weekly protests outside General Atomics’ drone manufacturing facility at ...

Two local lawyers charged in pump and dump fraud scheme

Carrillo, Huettel fraudulently helped Canadian touts, says SEC

San Diego attorneys Luis J. Carrillo and Wade Huettel, along with their firm, Carrillo Huettel LLP, have been charged by ...

Teen rescued from captor in Tijuana

Another teenage girl rescued after being held against her will

A 15 year old girl was rescued in Tijuana on Wednesday, March 13th, after police were notified she was being ...

Former law colleagues of judge in moguls' case against Filner gave big money to DeMaio

Sheppard Mullin lawyers heaped cash on failed mayoral campaign of local Republican stalwart against Democratic mayor now under fire in GOP hotelier's suit

Attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton - the big downtown law and lobbying firm where San Diego Superior Court ...

UCSD Associated Students votes for divestment in suppliers of Israeli army

Students for Justice in Palestine successful on fifth attempt to pass measure

Students for Justice in Palestine at the UC San Diego campus were successful in a bid on March 14 to ...

Community group crashes Carlsbad banking convention

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment says Wells Fargo is failing in offering borrowers loan modifications

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) caused a chaotic scene this morning when sixty or more protesters stormed ...

Remember Blackwater? Documents reveal it was a CIA extension

Tiny town of Potrero fought Blackwater and county bureaucracy -- and won

Back in 2007, the little town San Diego County town of Potrero, right near Tecate and 45 miles from the ...

Doctor testified in hearing regarding Brittany Killgore murder

Evidence confirmed statements in handwritten note found with one suspect

Dr. Craig Nelson, a forensic pathologist, testified today that 22-year-old Brittany Killgore was killed by ligature strangulation. The doctor first ...

Mexicali celebrating 110 years as a city

Capital of Baja California founded in 1903

Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, is celebrating 110 years as a city on Thursday, March 14th. The city, with ...

Doug Manchester moves forward with mixed-use development at UT San Diego's Mission Valley headquarters

Owner of UT San Diego to start preparing environmental documents necessary for project to move forward

The uptick in the real estate market that Doug Manchester was waiting for appears to have arrived. Yesterday, the City ...

Dueling opinions over billing utility customers for shuttered San Onfore

Dueling opinions regarding the necessity and wisdom behind continuing to charge ratepayers for the full operation costs of San Onofre ...

Judge in Filner case discloses link to Tierney, denies knowing Gloria or hotelier

Timothy B. Taylor declines to remove himself from mayor's case after making disclosure to parties regarding facts first reported here

He's never returned our phone calls, but the judge in the San Diego hotel moguls' case against mayor Bob Filner ...

Rosarito police officer arrested for exploiting teen

Six arrested and teen rescued by Tijuana police

A municipal police officer from Playas de Rosarito was arrested, along with five other accomplices, for sexually exploiting a teenage ...

Charity raises nearly $50K for Palestinian children's medical care

The San Diego chapter of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund set a new donations record at its annual fundraising banquet, ...

Archbishop of Buenos Aires named Pope

Jorge Mario Bergoglio chooses name "Francis"

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been named Pope. The white smoke appeared in Rome at 11:06 a.m. ...

Young authors take to Kickstarter to finance second book

A family of science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts from Carmel Valley has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking $4,500 to pay ...

Brown’s Mission Valley grading violation goes unreported by neighboring hotel magnate’s paper

Owners of San Diego's biggest newspaper and Mission Valley's biggest hotel complex hatch plans for development of flood-prone San Diego River

U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester and Atlas Hotels president C. Terry Brown - who is leading a Manchester-backed legal ...

Lawsuit filed against Sol Orchard's proposed solar plant in Ramona

Lawsuit filed by Ramona citizens and Union over Sol Orchard

A group of Ramona residents and a labor union have joined forces to fight a 42.7-acre solar plant proposed for ...

Planning board "threatened" by Filner staffer over alleged Brown Act violations

The Rancho Bernardo Planning Board is taking offense to what they see as threatening behavior from one of Mayor Bob ...

Will Koch brothers help Papa Doug buy LA Times or parent Tribune Co.?

Rumors racing; Manchester, Kochs would probably return Times to bad old days

Today (March 12), rumors are flying on the web that the arch-conservative, multi-billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, may financially ...

Carlsbad electronic water meter install ahead of schedule

The City of Carlsbad is progressing much quicker than expected in moving to replace its traditional water meters with electronic ...

Bridgepoint Education revenue, profits fall

But company's profits top Wall Street expectations; stock rises

Controversial Bridgepoint Education, the for-profit university operation that is being probed by government bodies and is having trouble with accreditors, ...

Ex-supervisor gives $250,000 of leftover campaign cash to San Diego Opera

Slater-Price, who got major campaign cash from culture executives during county career, turns over remaining six-figure re-election stash to arts and other groups

During her many years as a member of the San Diego county board of supervisors, Pam Slater-Price generated her share ...

Mexico hopes to weaken world’s richest man Carlos Slim with competition bill

New bill to lower costs and weaken monopolies

Mexico plans to go through with a bill that would allow more competition in markets that are dominated by one ...

People's Power Assembly decries police violence

A group organized by the Committee Against Police Brutality filled the World Beat Center in Balboa Park on Saturday, March ...

Suspected killer tracked by text messages, credit card, and surveillance video, investigators say

Marine corporal pleads not guilty to murder of Army reservist

The family of Alvin Bulaoro said he left home about 9 p.m. December 21, 2012. Alvin’s brother reported him missing ...

Sad details of Marine wife's last day before her killing

Court testimony of strange goings-on at home in Fallbrook

Brittany Killgore was a lonely young woman, packing up her things to move back home to Pennsylvania, when she got ...

Suspected teenage hitman apprehended in Tijuana

17 year old allegedly killed 9 victims in less than a year

A suspected teenage hitman was apprehended in Tijuana on Saturday, March 9th, after pulling off a brazen attack which killed ...

Confidential email reveals Irwin Jacobs's powerful hand in Balboa Park project

Qualcomm billionaire wanted mammoth parking garage to be "almost human-free," spurned idea his money could be used to fix potholes

San Diego's richest man, Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, always said that since he was putting up the money for his ...

Judge Prager OKs convention center expansion tax

Ruling tentative; San Diego's plan was based on one used in San Jose

Judge Ronald Prager of Superior Court ruled today (March 11) that the scheme concocted to evade a citizen vote on ...

Activist sues to block private CPUC huddle

March 20 meeting breaks open meeting law, says her lawyer

Masada Disenhouse today (March 11) filed suit in superior court after she was not permitted to attend a California Public ...

Organizer of Rock-n-Roll Marathon files suit against the American Cancer Society

Active-lifestyle event company wants over $1.6 million for alleged breach of contract

The collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Competitor Group Inc, the owner and operator of the Rock-n-Roll Marathon, has ...

San Onofre just one of many troubled nuclear plants in 2012

Nearly one in six nuclear reactors faced safety breaches last year, according to a report released by the Union of ...

El Cajon Police cracking down on motorcycle safety

The El Cajon Police Department says it will be cracking down on careless motorcyclists and automobile drivers who engage in ...

Three San Diego lawyers disbarred

Gun assault, child pornography, cheating of client involved

Three San Diego lawyers have been disbarred by the State Bar of California, according to the California Bar Journal. Jac ...

City refuses to pay $7.6 million to man paralyzed by a fallen tree. Requests new trial.

Ex Parte hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 12.

The City of San Diego wants to take another shot at convincing a jury that they should not be held ...

TMD puts 2014 funding requests on indefinite hold

Seventeen organizations informed of the hold today

According to Business Wire, the San Diego Tourism Marketing District put its 2014 funding requests on indefinite hold today (March ...

Chargers hawking combined convention center/roofed stadium

Trouble is, experience says they don't work out

A judge begins hearing a case next week on the legality of hotel room rate surcharges to pay for the ...

Studies on population increase, climate change 'collide' at public talk

The World Resources Simulation Center on the evening of March 7 played host to a discussion of what Center director ...

Former executive director of tribe gaming commission admits embezzlement

Troy Teague headed La Posta commission; casino now closed

Troy Teague, former executive director of the La Posta Gaming Commission, pleaded guilty today (March 8) to embezzling $57,000 from ...

Late filings reveal formidable fundraising clout of San Diego sheriff

Aide says lawman's office didn't know of law and learned of possible penalties from news reports of $37,500 fine levied against Sacramento mayor

In an apparent case of better late than never, a top aide to San Diego county Sheriff Bill Gore says ...

Assault weapons ban to be discussed at an upcoming committee meeting

Councilmember David Alvarez will present the resolution at a council committee hearing on March 13

Councilmember David Alvarez is calling on federal and state lawmakers to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons, such as ...

Proposed Barrio Logan entryway sign unveiled

A preliminary artist rendering for a gateway sign to the Barrio Logan neighborhood proposed last August was recently made public. ...

U.S. adds 236,000 jobs in February, unemployment rate drops

At 7.7%, February jobless rate lowest in five years

The U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February as the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, lowest since December of 2008, ...

Harlem Shake felt throughout San Diego

Dumb dance fascinates millions. Hijinks ensue.

Watching the potentially utopian vehicle of cyber-memes get twisted into unabashed marketing ploys may leave you a little cynical (like ...

San Marcos bookkeeper admits embezzling millions

Elisabeth Masters expects nine years prison for "white collar crime"

A 45-year-old woman accused of embezzling more than $5 million dollars made a plea deal in San Diego’s North County ...

Veterans' care group has volunteers, seeks families in need

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s Aging & Independence Services is on a push to expand its ...

Chargers' Fabiani, wife, and Jack McGrory spread wealth to L.A. pols

Subsidized stadium champion and rich ex-city manager and a variety of well-heeled San Diegans and La Jollans place bets in Los Angeles political derby, disclosures show

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who got through that city's mayoral primary this week, ...

Homes listed for sale plunge in San Diego

Other California cities drop sharply, too

The number of San Diego County homes listed for sale on Zillow plummeted by 39.4% for the year ended late ...

184 pounds of marijuana carried across border on foot in Imperial Valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted another load of marijuana on March 5, shortly after it crossed the border on the ...

Tijuana rounds up 14 drug dealers overnight

Municipal police working diligently to apprehend local criminals

The Tijuana municipal police rounded up 14 alleged drug dealers in the late hours of Tuesday, March 5th, and into ...

Papa Doug gets the raspberries in Texas

His bankrolling of California's Proposition 8 hangs over his Austin hotel

The AustinChronicle.com today (March 6) tweaked San Diego's Papa Doug Manchester over the same-sex marriage issue. The new Fairmont Austin ...

Todd Gloria, staffer, hotelier and spouse signed nomination paper for judge who ruled against Filner

Taylor backers with stake in hotel moguls' legal attack on San Diego mayor include Evans Hotels’ chief financial officer Robert H. Gleason and spouse

Superior Court Judge Timothy B. Taylor - who yesterday ruled that GOP hotel magnates could expedite their lawsuit against Bob ...

Tourism Marketing District Board has nearly $2 million stashed away in reserve account

Board has access to a so-called catastrophe fund.

The feud between Mayor Bob Filner and Jan Goldsmith spilled over in a San Diego Superior court room during a ...

Three-fourths of affluent to retire in San Diego

Those planning to move seek lower cost of living

According to a survey of 200 San Diegans by discount brokerage Charles Schwab & Co., 73% of the so-called affluent ...

San Diego man gets 12 years on child prostitution charges

A San Diego man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, March 4 for pimping out underage girls. ...

Republicans declare early war on Peters

The Republican Party of San Diego County has vowed to wage an intense and likely high-dollar value battle against Scott ...

Fallbrook man accused in death of toddler in his care

Man who called for help 8 years ago now charged with murder

A 29-year-old Fallbrook man is on trial for murder, accused in the death of a toddler 8 years ago. Efrain ...

In Filner case, tangled tale of four GOP leaning judges

By representing himself in court, Democrat Filner steps into a clubby world of Republican judicial cash and big business ties

San Diego mayor Bob Filner - who appeared before San Diego Superior Court judge Timothy B. Taylor today to unsuccessfully ...

Port selects artist for marine terminal projects

The Port of San Diego on February 28 announced that Minneapolis-based sculpture artist Randy Walker has been awarded a $110,000 ...

California border apprehensions lowest in over 10 years

Number of those caught attempting to cross border illegally dropping

The number of people caught trying to cross into California illegally has dropped to its lowest number in over 10 ...

PA woman cleared to sue local baby products manufacturer

Suit related to 2009 suffocation death, Wal Mart, Kmart and retail store managers also named in suit

A Pennsylvania woman has been cleared by a federal judge to pursue a lawsuit against Wal Mart, Kmart, and San ...

Military contractors found guilty of fraud

Jury says bribery and money laundering part of scheme

A federal jury today (March 4) found two persons and one company guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bribery, ...

In Miller obit, U-T misses historic sleaze story

Ed Miller battled and finally nailed C. Arnholt Smith

In all but a few daily newspapers, such as the New York Times, obituaries tend to gloss over or not ...

Jury deliberates fatal car crash charged as murder

Trial for man accused in head-on collision in Valley Center almost one year ago

A San Diego County prosecutor asked the jury to find an Escondido man guilty of second-degree murder, after he allegedly ...

NFL's request to transfer Seau case to federal court denied by judge

Order to stay from U.S. judge holds transfer until outside panel can weigh in on case.

The National Football League wants that the case filed by relatives of Junior Seau to be heard by the federal ...

UCSD announces new large-scale solar installation

UC San Diego announced on March 2 that the campus will be adding 784,000 watts of solar power generating capability. ...

For-profit education stocks hit on legislation fear

San Diego's Bridgepoint Education down 3.43%

For-profit education stocks got walloped today (March 4) after Senate Democrats proposed a bill that would strengthen the Department of ...

Missing 15 year old Tijuana girl sought

Family seeking girl who has not been seen in 8 days

A Tijuana family is seeking help in locating their high school age daughter, as she has been missing since February ...

Golf ranks high on Hueso's special interest gift list

Cost of care, feeding, and travel for Assembly Democrat by big gift givers in 2012 may top San Diego delegation

Who was the biggest gift recipient of all among California legislators from San Diego in 2012? http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/mar/04/41054/ All filings aren't ...

City emails show Mitt Romney fast at work on La Jolla remodel only three days after losing the election

Mitt Romney wasted little time getting project back on track

Sunday former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney emerged from hiding for his first interview since losing the election in November. ...

Cardiff man continues flashing streak

Authorities are still looking for a man suspected of numerous incidents of indecent exposure in the Cardiff by the Sea ...

San Diego legislators got plenty of free travel, lodging, and food in 2012

Koch brothers-backed ALEC picks up tab for GOP's Anderson; Democrat Atkins books trip to Russia, thanks to Moscow's Duma

Some fine times on the road were no doubt had last year by the members of San Diego's state legislative ...

No homicides in month of February for Ensenada, first without since 2005

Baja California city officially records zero homicides

The city of Ensenada, which lies 103km (64.2 miles) south of Tijuana, recorded its first month without a homicide since ...

Hotel/worker battle escalates as cops arrest 20

Long-running Hilton Mission Valley fight could portend more labor discord

Twenty hotel workers were arrested last night (March 1) at the Hilton Mission Valley. By one account, 250 workers, community ...

Oceanside couple deny holding 12-year-old as sex slave

Hearing in San Diego North County Superior Court to continue next week

An Oceanside couple were in court last week, accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old niece, and arranging for the girl ...

Three killed in Tijuana drug violence

Alleged drug dealers gunned down in street violence

During the late hours of Thursday, February 28th, and into Friday morning, three homicides occurred across Tijuana. According to authorities, ...

Psychologist surrenders license after having sex with patient

Simmone Ballinger admits to Arizona tryst

The state's Board of Psychology, Department of Consumer Affairs, has entered into a stipulated surrender of license and disciplinary order ...

First sentencing in South Bay corruption scandal

Henry Amigable, program manager for bond construction at Southwestern College and Sweetwater Union High School sentenced with misdemeanor

Henry Amigable was sentenced March 1 with a misdemeanor in a South bay corruption case. The case is related to ...

Former USD athlete gets six months for game rigging

Brandon Johnson took bribes, gamblers cleaned up in Vegas

Brandon Johnson, former University of San Diego basketball hero, today (March 1) was sentenced to serve six months in custody ...

Tourism Marketing District board seeks to intervene in hospitality union's case against city council

The board of directors of the San Diego Tourism Marketing District decided in a closed session meeting on March 1 ...

California Border Patrol agent guilty of battery got probation

Prosecutor will not retry either defendant on two misdemeanor counts

Three weeks ago, on February 11, a jury declared a female Border Patrol agent guilty of misdemeanor battery for slugging ...

Drug war spillover at border "highly underreported," says GAO

Report to Congress by Government Accountability Office speculates on possibility drug war in Mexico may escalate and cross the Southwest border into U.S.

Heads are rolling and bullets flying in the United States-assisted drug war south of the border, but - so far ...

Majority of Tourism Marketing District board didn't even vote to renew the Tourism Marketing District

Vote results from the City Clerk's Office shows support for hotel tax came from smaller hotels.

The Tourism Marketing District isn't very popular these days. And judging by the official vote, the two percent tax on ...

Hotel Circle Howard Johnson faces penalties for prostitution complacency

The Howard Johnson hotel on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley has been ordered by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s office to ...

Admitted thief asked court's permission to travel to Mexico

Maria Carmen Nater ordered to repay thousands to libraries

A Vista woman accused of stealing thousands of books from San Diego County libraries in 2011, was in court yesterday ...

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