News Ticker Entries for May, 2013

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Apartment complex is San Diego's first to go 100% solar, builders say

San Diego apartment and commercial office builder H.G. Fenton has partnered with Kyocera Solar to build the first “zero net ...

Forensic expert interviewed 9-yr-old girl

Child: “I saw that he closed the door and locked it.”

Catherine McLennan interviews children who might be the victims of abuse. She said all her interviews are recorded, on audio ...

Man accused of child abuse testified in his own defense

“I’m not the person taking those videos.”

Daniel Roger Hood, 43, denied that he captured the incriminating video clips found in his cell phone. Hood also denied ...

Employer participation lagging in summer jobs program

Mayor Bob Filner and city council president pro tem Sherri Lightner appeared yesterday afternoon (May 30) at a roundtable to ...

Grantville Action Group loses at appeals court level

Tax revenue from Grantville area can be used in downtown San Diego

The 4th District Court of Appeals has ruled against Grantville Action Group in a long-running suit. The Grantville group argued ...

Filner rips hotel moguls as secret 8 a.m. lawsuit session looms tomorrow

New court battle possible against Democratic mayor as litigious luxury inn magnates set to meet behind closed doors at 8 a.m. tomorrow to ponder legal moves

Late this afternoon, San Diego mayor Bob Filner issued a statement ripping the city's hotel magnates on the eve of ...

Grand Jury transcripts--are there hidden costs to bond construction?

A window into proposition construction expenses for Sweetwater Union High School and Southwestern College

The grand jury's investigation into corruption in the South Bay resulted in 15 indictments of school district administrators, trustees and ...

Medical Marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access sued over trademark infringement

Orange County businessman and former dispensary owner says he obtained rights to the name and wants the sites shut down.

As if accessing medicinal marijuana wasn't hard enough for some patients in San Diego County, now it appears that even ...

Predator drones and Qualcomm cash likely to finance Peters-DeMaio clash

Today's GOP announcement launches scramble for millions of special interest money from deep pockets of San Diego's high-tech and military contracting political bases

It's too soon to find any information posted online by the Federal Election Commission regarding the cash behind today's just-launched ...

Port, partners awarded for wetlands restoration project

A 300-acre marsh and wetlands restoration project has garnered a Coastal America Partnership Award, presented at a ceremony yesterday to ...

Nurses charged with misconduct, including sex assault

Controlled substances, alcohol also allegedly involved

The Board of Registered Nursing has filed accusations against six San Diego area nurses. Dale Edward Robinson is charged with ...

Psychologist gets 21 months for falsifying records

Roberto Velasquez said people disabled when they were not

Clinical psychologist Roberto Velasquez was sentenced today (May 29) to 21 months in federal prison for certifying that dozens of ...

Grand Jury investigation transcripts for South Bay school districts released

As the wheel turns

Pictured: Bonifacio Garcia, Diane Russo and Lillian Leopold Transcripts of the grand jury's November-December investigation into alleged corruption between some ...

Man denies abusing girlfriend's daughter

Daniel Roger Hood pleads not guilty to eleven felony charges

A pretty 11-year-old girl gave testimony today accompanied by Barry, her fluffy teddy bear, which she has had “ever since ...

DEA official claims Arellano Félix Organization dead, despite current activity in Tijuana

U.S. authorities give contradicting statements, claiming AFO has been dismantled after conviction of Eduardo Arellano Félix

Eduardo Arellano Félix, the fourth Arellano Félix brother to be targeted by the DEA, has entered a guilty plea to ...

Sempra spends big, lobbies Rand Paul's anti-regulation bill

San Diego-based utility giant lists Kentucky GOP senator's "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act" as a top lobbying topic, employs ex-Feinstein aide as lobbyist for Mexico wind farm

Federal lobbying disclosure reports for the first quarter of this year posted online by the U.S. Congress reveal that lobbyists ...

Council to consider placing a cap on party campaign contributions

Council to hear ordinance on June 4, one day after election-cycle begins.

Political parties in San Diego might have to look for other ways to funnel cash to candidates. On June 4 ...

Coronado falls off "best beaches" list

While locals may be inclined to disagree, San Diego can no longer lay claim (officially, at least) to one of ...

Man's cell phone video is used against him

Daniel Hood is accused of videoing himself abusing a 9-year-old girl

A 13-year-old boy who saw disturbing pictures on a man’s cell phone secretly took the phone and brought it to ...

Downtown San Diego Partnership to spend $110,000 of PBID funds on Director of Homeless Outreach

Position will be the eighth salaried position for the PBID.

The Downtown San Diego Partnership is willing to spend any amount of money, taxpayer money that is, to cut down ...

More layoffs at Union-Tribune

News people get the axe in North County restructuring

The Union-Tribune laid off 4 or 5 news people in a restructuring in North County today (May 28), according to ...

Department of Homeland Security to continue border crossing fee study

Despite getting cut out of immigration reform bill, DHS will continue to analyze possibility of crossing fee

A proposal to implement mandatory fees, for crossing into the United States from Canada or Mexico, was cut out of ...

Shacknai case polygrapher a focus of news service investigation

McClatchy News Service investigates national circuit of lie detector experts, including one in San Diego

Washington-based McClatchy News Service is out with an investigative report targeting what it says is a national network of lie ...

County home values continue soaring

Up 10.2% on yearly basis, beating U.S.

San Diego County home values shot up 2.2% in March from February, topping the increase of 1.2% among the 20 ...

Memorial Day celebration in San Diego County

Timely ceremony at Mount Soledad veterans' memorial

If you have not yet been to the Mt. Soledad veterans’ memorial, this is the perfect weekend to visit. It ...

Judge to release grand jury transcripts in alleged corruption cases

Judge Ana Espana, who is presiding over the corruption investigations begun in December 2010 will release grand jury transcripts May 29/30

In the South County Superior Court on May 25, Judge Ana Espana inclined toward making 99.9 % of the transcripts ...

Great Outdoors: Mural lobbyist joins big billboard graphics fray

Partially completed Blue Moon mural on side of downtown bar building complies with city code and is protected by the First Amendment, proprietor maintains

2013 seems to be shaping up as San Diego's year of the great billboard battle, as noted here earlier this ...

San Diego Superior Court judge presides over difficult case

Jury must decide who is lying

The Honorable Judge Kathleen Lewis now presides over a difficult trial in which an Escondido man has been accused of ...

Construction allowed to begin...again on Centerpoint development near SDSU

The Mayor and developer have stepped down from their 4-week standoff.

It's settled, developer Carmel Partners are permitted to get back to work on a 332-unit building on the corner of ...

Bayfront tourist shuttle begins service

The Port of San Diego has announced that, in partnership with recently embattled Ace Parking Management, it will again operate ...

San Diego tourism lags other California coast metros

Local figures up moderately -- others up stoutly

April occupancy rates in San Diego County hotels dropped slightly from 71.1% in April of last year to 71% the ...

Study finds unfair, unsafe working conditions for San Diego taxi drivers

A group of graduate students at San Diego State University led by Professor Jill Esbenshade teamed with the labor-friendly local ...

Carrier suit against U-T begins tomorrow

Carriers say they were misclassified as independent contractors

Preliminary matters in the case of newspaper carriers suing the Union-Tribune begin tomorrow (May 24) in the Superior Court department ...

Save San Onofre Coalition accuses transportation agency of trying to resurrect a plan to build a toll road to Trestles

Group files two lawsuits in San Diego Superior Court against the Transportation Corridor Agency

The Save San Onofre Coalition, a coalition comprised of basically every environmental advocacy group in California, is accusing the Transportation ...

Brown appoints new Superior Court judges

Amid considerable grousing about budget cuts in the state’s court system, Governor Jerry Brown has announced the appointment of eleven ...

Homeland Security grant to send nearly $17 million for weapons, surveillance to San Diego region

Mayor Filner’s office announced yesterday (May 21) that San Diego has been awarded $16.9 million out of a total of ...

Much-hyped Venter Big Oil algae deal heads back to drawing board

UCSD alumnus and self-styled emperor of the worlds genomes recasts not so miraculous $300 million deal with ExxonMobil for genetically engineering fuel from algae, reports MIT Tech Review

As first reported here in November 2008, La Jolla's Craig Venter, the self-styled human genome king, had grand plans for ...

City Attorney finds gaps in Mayor Filner's effort to remove traffic from Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama

In a May 15 memo, City Attorney finds issue with Filner's so-called temporary plan.

Not so fast, Mayor Filner. That's the gist of a May 15 memo from the City Attorney's Office regarding the ...

Baja authorities searching for missing 11 year old girl

Child disappeared from home on May 18 without a trace

Baja California authorities and family members are asking for help in locating a missing 11 year old girl. Cristina del ...

There was no answer at the front door, so burglars went around to the back

Neighbors in Carlsbad no longer at ease after home invaded

A fifteen-year-old girl was home when two intruders went around to the back of the house in Carlsbad and kicked ...

Third conspirator pleads guilty in plot to kidnap San Diegans

Antonio Zermeno Garcia has joined co-defendants Luis Miguel Salas Rodriguez and Carlos Alberto Andrade-De La Cruz in pleading guilty to ...

Blonde burglar sentenced to 4 years prison

Woman admitted stealing jewelry and wrestling with homeowner

A woman who confronted a burglar leaving her Oceanside home five months ago was in court yesterday afternoon to see ...

Escondido man who ran over women in crosswalk is sentenced

Judge wants felony-bad-driver to pay restitution

Aaron Danny Hernandez, 25, was sentenced to 365 days custody plus 5 years formal probation in San Diego’s North County ...

Inappropriate exposure at California tanning salon gets 2 years prison

Timothy Ty Craine must register as a sex offender

A man who exposed himself to a woman working at a spa in Encinitas was sentenced yesterday to 2 years ...

Appeals court reinstates discrimination case against Ace Parking

Superior court wrongly dismissed racial, age discrimination complaints

Richard Hodges, an African American aged 63, claimed in a Superior Court suit that he was wrongfully terminated by Ace ...

Tax preparer gets 15 years for stealing 292 identities, $515,000

He fled to Mexico, but returned to do more mischief -- and got nabbed

Tax preparer Neil Thomsen was sentenced today (May 22) to 15 years in prison. He was convicted in a jury ...

Produce from trade show donated to local food pantries

32,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables were distributed to local soup kitchens and food pantries following the United Fresh Produce ...

One week before election, Myrtle Cole and Dwayne Crenshaw were fined by Ethics Commission

Candidates found to have solicited votes and cash from city employees, including councilmembers and the Mayor

From claims about hanging out at crack houses to accusations over prior campaign infractions, the race between Myrtle Cole and ...

Robbery suspect found hiding in bushes outside Sheriff station

Derrick Lewis was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies in Encinitas Monday afternoon after an attempted robbery gone wrong. Lewis ...

$37 million school bond deal to finance Manchester's sale of North County Times building

Escondido's Classical Academy High School charter up for approval of big loan in form of "pass through" conduit bonds

Republican U-T publisher Douglas Manchester's deal to sell the former campus of the North County Times in Escondido for a ...

Pair accused in doggie-door-burglary are due in court today

Cops say experienced criminals from Vista came to Carlsbad

It was 9:33 a.m. on a Wednesday morning almost a year ago, on June 20 2012, when a woman phoned ...

Filner has plan to spend projected budget surplus

Mayor Bob Filner yesterday (May 21) released revisions to his proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget, taking advantage of anticipated increased ...

Pennsylvania woman makes plea bargain in “coochie” smuggle case

22 year old attempted to smuggle cocaine and heroin into San Diego from Tijuana

A 22 year old Pennsylvania woman, who attempted to smuggle narcotics into the United States, has made a plea bargain ...

Thomas Jefferson School of Law low in employment stats

More than one-third of 2012 grads unemployed

According to a story in the Sacramento Bee, 33.9% of 2012 graduates of San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law ...

FINRA fines LPL Financial for faulty email system

Over time, firm couldn't access hundreds of millions of emails

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined San Diego's LPL Financial $7.5 million and ordered it to deposit $1.5 ...

Last of three suspects plead guilty to cross-border kidnapping plan

Men planned to kidnap three in San Diego and take them back to Tijuana to face drug debts

According to United States Attorney Laura Duffy, the last of three men charged in a cross-border kidnapping plan has entered ...

Criminal chose a different plaid shirt for his plea deal today

Previously, the judge noticed defendant wore the same shirt seen in evidence photos

A California man chose to wear a different plaid shirt today, when he made a felony plea deal in San ...

Surfrider: ocean waters just across San Diego county line dirtiest in 2012 survey

The Surfrider Foundation yesterday (May 20) released 2012 results from its Blue Water Task Force, a collective monitoring effort that ...

Harbor Drive reroute marks milestone in Embarcadero project

The Port of San Diego celebrated a milestone yesterday (May 20) in its efforts to implement the North Embarcadero Visionary ...

San Diego home values continue soaring beyond nation's

Rent increases, though, are more subdued

San Diego County home values in April soared 19.7% from the year earlier, according to a report from Zillow.com today ...

Aunt and uncle get prison for “pimping” their 12-yr-old niece

Uncle Marcial and Aunt Inez admitted crimes in their Oceanside home

A man-and-wife who abused and prostituted their own niece in their Oceanside home more than ten years ago were sentenced ...

Sentences for defense, loan modification scams

A busy day in U.S. Attorney's office

Michael Tuisee, who worked in a medical warehouse at Camp Pendleton, was sentenced to six months in prison today (May ...

Should San Diego dump its 30-year-old sign ordinance in portions of downtown to create an Arts and Entertainment District?

Denver-based firm FinWater Advisors has teamed up with the Downtown San Diego Partnership to push for a San Diego Arts and Entertainment District

Downtown San Diego Partnership, in conjunction with a Denver-based consulting firm FinWater Advisors, believe they have found a good way ...

Pot in pots, pepper pallets -- and tires

U.S. Customs made unusual marijuana haul Friday

Dogs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection sniffed out three creative attempts to bring marijuana into the U.S. last ...

Filner speaks out against gag order in federal pot case

Mayor Bob Filner, long a friend of the medical marijuana community and thus foe of U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, came ...

Manchester divorce: is second try the charm?

Legally separated more than three years, GOP real estate developer, hotel magnate, and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester files for divorce against estranged wife

He tied the knot back in January 1965, got sued for divorce in June 2009, and was proclaimed legally separated ...

Landslide of mailers in Chula Vista for one 80th district assembly candidate

Will the Lorena Gonzalez campaign gain more support with more mailers?

Residents of Chula Vista have received a deluge of mailers from the Lorena Gonzalez campaign. Gonzalez, former CEO of the ...

Two homecare nurses sentenced to time already served

One defendant already released, the other to be released on probation today

This morning two men were sentenced to time already served, after jury trials decided two different cases in which both ...

Imperial Beach checkpoint leads to two drunk driving arrests

A six-hour DUI checkpoint conducted over the weekend on the 900 block of Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach from 8:30 ...

Websense agrees to be purchased for $24.75 a share

Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners is the buyer

San Diego-based Websense, which specializes in software to protect organizations from cyber attacks and data theft, agreed to be purchased ...

Rancho Guejito served with cleanup order

Controversial developer, backer of county GOP and downtown San Diego lobbying group, must comply by November, state agency says

Giant North County developer Rancho Guejito Corporation has been hit by a Cleanup and Abatement Order issued by the state's ...

Alleged sicarios apprehended in Tijuana police murder

Suspects confess to killing former chief in 2012

Two suspects have allegedly confessed to the 2012 homicide of a high ranking municipal police officer, Jesús Alberto Hurtado Estrada, ...

Mexico vows to create missing persons investigation unit

Families on hunger strike convince authorities to create special unit

Mexico has promised to create a special unit to investigate missing persons after families of those missing staged a hunger ...

New desert power plant could ease stress of continued San Onofre shutdown

Gas-powered Coachella Valley plant online three months early

The Sentinel Energy Project, an 800-megawatt natural gas fueled power plant under construction in the Coachella Valley near Desert Hot ...

City sued for halting construction on mixed-use project near SDSU

Mayor and Councilmember ordered halt after hearing complaints that project was more dormitory than residential development

As of now, the 332-unit, 10,000 square foot commercial space, mixed use development known as Centerpoint Luxury Apartment sits dormant ...

Encinitas man gets State prison for spitting on officer

Farzad John Daftari admitted felony resisting arrest in plea deal

Farzad John Daftari, 23, was sent to State prison a week ago, after he pleaded guilty to felony resisting arrest. ...

Vista woman admitted felony graffiti after two weeks in jail

Will get six months local jail time, according to the plea deal

Ramona Elena Montes, 18, made a plea deal in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse last week, admitting five different ...

Tim Lambesis’ bail lowered to $2 million

But the heavy metal singer won’t make that bail either, his attorney said

A San Diego Superior Court judge lowered bail from $3 million to $2 million this afternoon for a man accused ...

New lawsuit challenges Todd Gloria's pledge to open government

San Diegans for Open Government want the Council President to turn over all emails and text messages from his personal device that pertain to City business

Just how transparent is Council President Todd Gloria? Not very, according to city watchdog group San Diegans for Open Government. ...

Drawings depicting posh stadium for La Jolla billionaire family's NBA team released

Basketball's Kings franchise, long a popular venue for lobbyists’ wining and dining of California politicos, to get luxurious new home, per drawings released today by Sacramento mayor

As reported earlier today, members of La Jolla's billionaire Jacobs family are said by the Sacramento Bee to be among ...

April county unemployment drops sharply to 7%

Are San Diegans drinking more?

The April unemployment rate in the county dropped to 7% from 7.7% in March as the 2800 jobs were added, ...

Qualcomm’s Jacobs family to sink big money into Sacramento NBA team, paper reports

Kings reportedly will stay in state capital, courtesy of taxpayer arena subsidy

For years, Irwin Jacobs and his family have done a lot of political business in Sacramento - example number one ...

Median home prices up 23 percent compared to 2012

The median price for an existing single-family home in California surpassed $400,000 for the first time in five years last ...

Carlsbad broker suspended, fined for trust activity

After removing funds, Kent Houston didn't provide documentation to regulator

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (known as FINRA) has suspended Carlsbad's Kent Houston for two years and fined him $25,000 ...

Suit alleges SEC wouldn't pursue Madoff-like probes

San Diego attorney Gary Aguirre handles whistleblower case

In late 2004, Kathleen Furey, a senior attorney in the New York office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ...

Tim Lambesis set for new bail review, tomorrow

Heavy metal rocker held in lieu of $3 million now, accused of ordering a hit on his wife

A judge will hear new argument tomorrow, regarding the bail amount for Tim Lambesis, who is currently held in lieu ...

Tijuana’s protesting teachers successfully block border traffic

Teachers union blocked several lanes of northbound traffic for over an hour

Members of the national teachers union in Tijuana succeeded in their plan to block traffic at the San Ysidro international ...

Fallbrook man arrested on indecent exposure charges

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26 year-old Patrick Christopher Harvey in Fallbrook yesterday afternoon (May 15) on charges of indecent exposure related ...

San Diego has cleanest air in six decades

Despite population growth and more cars, smog level recedes

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today (May 16) that San Diego County is now breathing the cleanest air ...

Prosecutor wants life without parole for alleged April Fools Day shooter

Carlsbad man was killed by shotgun blast in his own garage

Jury selection is set to begin Monday, for a man accused of gunning down a homeowner in his own garage ...

Local plane found in Indiana briefly baffles officials

A San Diego-based Cessna 182 small aircraft apparently experienced engine troubles and made an emergency landing at Purdue University Airport ...

Grand Jury dings San Diego Unified for not having a policy in place to address adult-on-student bullying

School district has until August to respond to findings.

San Diego Unified School District isn't doing enough to prevent adults and teachers from bullying children, says a recently released ...

Seal rope can stay up at La Jolla year-round

Coastal Commission issues three year permit for permanent barrier at Children's Pool

Yet another blow was struck yesterday (May 15) in the long-running battle between beachgoers and seals over access to the ...

Proposed Expansion Could Bring Trolley to UC San Diego

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, has proposed a project to extend the San Diego Trolley Blue Line northward to include up to nine additional stops, with a new terminus at the University Towne Center Transit Center.

Dubbed the "Mid-Coast Transit Corridor Project," the light rail expansion would include two stops at UC San Diego, one at ...

Bridgepoint says internal controls weak, could affect stock

But stock has been rising steadily and sharply over last five days

On May 10, controversial for-profit education company Bridgepoint Education reported that it would delay its quarterly (10-Q) to the Securities ...

Regulatory double-speak clouds future of San Onofre public hearings

Comments from Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair Alison Macfarlane on the future of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station have generated media ...

Amidst intrigue, San Diego GOP sets early endorsements for 2014 races

Political land rush for wide-open Sixth District and other seats virtually guarantees huge special interest spending binge in 2014

With the direct-mail big money brawl between two Democrats in San Diego's Fourth District still raging, county Republicans are already ...

Three-year-old case for Phillip Miller delayed again

Man accused of missing shot-to-the-head after smoking sample pot

A Kansas City man accused of missing a point-blank shot-to-the-head during a marijuana robbery three years ago, had his trial ...

Massage parlors raided in La Mesa

La Mesa Police yesterday (May 14) released details on a coordinate prostitution sweep that took place May 9 involving the ...

City Attorney prepares council for a vote on increased water rates

Public Utilities Department may seek approval from City Council for a five-year increase

San Diego's City Attorney is already looking for legal justification for what appears to be an upcoming pitch to increase ...

Tijuana teachers to block San Ysidro lane in protest of national reforms

Teachers protesting education and labor reform on national level

Teachers from the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores (SNTE or National Union of Workers) plan to block a portion of the ...

Councilmember Lorie Zapf announces run for District 2 seat

Zapf will be running for her second-first term as District 2 representative.

It's official, first term councilmember Lorie Zapf is running for council in 2014. On May 8, Zapf filed papers with ...

Homecare nurse accused of felonies was found guilty of two misdemeanors

Matthew McDuffie denied that he mishandled his autistic patient

The judge ordered a man who had been accused of six felonies to be immediately released from custody, after the ...

Playas de Rosarito celebrating 128 years as a city

City to hold celebrations throughout the week

Playas de Rosarito, which lies approximately 20km southwest of Tijuana, is celebrating its 128th year as a city on May ...

Papa Doug cut a rug at 70th birthday bash

Scantily-clad lasses in bikinis added to the festivities

Some think the political biases of Papa Doug Manchester of the Union-Tribune are atavistic, but his spirit sure isn't. He ...

Pot poorly concealed by cucumbers

1,600 pounds of marijuana seized at Otay Mesa border crossing

A truckload of cucumbers provided ineffectual cover to a clandestine shipment of marijuana that was intercepted last week at the ...

Bob Filner raises big political cash from NFL owner

Recent donations to new Filner fund show Democratic mayor already building war chest observers say could counter wealthy GOP hotel magnates

As reported here in February, in the midst of a legal attack by the city's top three hotel moguls to ...

Woman sues Sheriff's Deputy and Department after she was shot in her own backyard

Jennifer Orey was shot outside her house while deputies searched for a suspected prowler.

One day after the August 19, 2012 shooting, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told KGTV the bullet fired by ...

Housing affordability rate falls to 38 percent

Increasing housing prices are again putting a serious squeeze on affordability, the California Association of Realtors reports. Just 44 percent ...

In just one day, labor-council chief Lorena Gonzalez collects nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions

Unions and other union affiliated committees continue to be the source for Gonzalez's large campaign chest

The week got off to a stellar start for Lorena Gonzalez and her run for State Assembly. On Monday, May ...

Opium poppy plantation found near Tecate, Baja California

First poppy plantation found this year in Baja California despite rise in national production

According to the Baja California state police, an opium poppy plantation was discovered near Tecate in a rural area. Few ...

Mexican government working to allow foreign ownership of beach property

Amendment to Mexican Constitution hopes to bring in more international investments

An amendment to the Mexican Constitution, which has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies, is currently in the ...

Billboard pushes for greater San Onofre awareness

Final week of public comment on proposal to change rules for re-start without full license amendment

The nuclear watchdog group San Onofre Safety is trying to expand its public outreach in the days leading up to ...

Bill Gore files to re-up as sheriff next year

County's lawman-in-chief is veteran fundraiser from tribal casinos, prison vendor, hotel mogul, and very old boys network

San Diego county Sheriff and ex-FBI man Bill Gore has filed a statement of intention to run for re-election next ...

Brothers arrested for beating of cab driver in Encinitas

Two brothers were arrested early Saturday morning (May 11) on charges of robbery and battery after beating a 52 year-old ...

Jury will decide if nurse abused his autistic patient

Matthew McDuffie took witness box to deny rough handling

On Monday morning, a jury in San Diego’s North County Courthouse will begin deliberating the fate of a nurse who ...

Authorities seize over one ton of marijuana from Tijuana residence

Suspect led authorities to home where large stash was hidden

Over one ton of marijuana was seized at a residence in the early hours of Friday, May 10th, according to ...

Taxpayer association slams bonds it once endorsed

Poway's bond gets Grand Golden Fleece award

Blogger W.C. Varones points out that the San Diego County Taxpayers Association gave its Grand Golden Fleece award to Poway ...

Prosecutor moves toward death penalty in Brittany Killgore case

DDA Patrick Espinoza filed "special circumstance" charge in Superior Court, yesterday

An attorney prosecuting the Brittany Killgore murder case has taken another step toward the death penalty, when he filed new ...

Teacher's Association and State labor union donates $100,000 to committee against Steve Castaneda

Unions continue to spend big in race for 80th Assembly district seat

It's no stretch to say that the unions will be backing Lorena Gonzalez in her run for State Assembly against ...

These guys solicited homeless and addicts in tax scam

They are sentenced to 10 months in prison

Isaiah Konkus and Justin Petersen were sentenced today (May 10) to ten months in prison and ordered to pay $268,832 ...

Bridgepoint to be late filing quarterly report with SEC

Questions over internal financial control behind delay

Bridgepoint Education, the for-profit university that is under investigation on many fronts, today (May 10) filed a document saying that ...

Downtown lobbyists' laugh fest backed by controversial North County developer

Bipartisan cast of local politicos perform for influence peddlers' group on video, minus real Filner and Goldsmith

Rancho Guejito Corp., enmeshed in a web of controversy over efforts to develop a big chunk of the 23,000 acres ...

Shoe booties tip off Border Patrol agents at I-5 checkpoint

Cloth booties worn by passengers in a 2008 Mercedes sedan tipped Border Patrol agents off to a human smuggling operation ...

Tim Lambesis “is a good, decent and Christian human being”

Defense attorney for the heavy metal rocker said the criminal case is “entrapment”

"Tim never had the intention to harm his wife, absolutely not,” an attorney for the lead singer of a heavy ...

County bonds serving disabled get BBB-minus rating

Outlook negative, says Fitch

Fitch, the bond rating agency, has affirmed the BBB-minus rating of San Diego County's certificates of participation issued on behalf ...

Weekend road closures to affect Escondido

Amgen Tour of California bike race kicks off this Sunday

A host of road closures have been announced that will affect traffic and parking this weekend (May 11 and 12) ...

Heavy metal rocker brought into San Diego court

Tim Lambesis denies hiring a hitman to kill his wife

The lead singer for a heavy metal band was brought into a San Diego County Superior Courthouse today and charged ...

CPUC approves fat rate hike for SDG&E

Typical bill will jump 12.2%. Decision was unanimous

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today (May 9) approved a rate hike for San Diego Gas & Electric customers ...

Fourth defendant pleads guilty in "straw buyer" real estate scam

San Diegan Timothy E. Shannahan is the latest person to plead guilty in a scam where he and others acted ...

Sanity trial for Oceanside man who stabbed mom is delayed

Awful evidence right before Mother's Day is averted

In September 2011 a jury found Adam Brown guilty of first degree murder for plunging a kitchen knife into his ...

U-T Manchester's foundation gives out of town

Newspaper and real estate magnate's charitable report valued 1.2 million Nextwave shares at $169,487

Mega-millionaire U-T publisher and hotel and real estate mogul Douglas Manchester also controls a relatively small non-profit foundation, which he ...

City sues Regional Water Board over fuel tank spill near Qualcomm Stadium

City says water officials were wrong to grant permission of 1.26 million extraction effort.

1.26 million gallons; that's the amount of groundwater that Kinder Morgan would like to extract from the MIssion Valley Aquifer ...

San Diego Unified School District and Talmadge residents once again square off over issue of stadium lighting

SDUSD officials are forced to revisit stadium lighting after an appeals court ruled that the environmental review was insufficient and did not fall under Proposition S improvements.

It wasn't the first time that dozens of Talmage residents took seats inside Hoover High School auditorium to discuss the ...

Police officer struck by driver-less vehicle, car theft suspect escapes in La Mesa

A police pursuit that started in La Mesa early yesterday morning (May 8) and drew assisting officers from La Mesa, ...

State official: Eight crime cell lieutenants controlling narcotics and violence in Baja California

Official stated that local leaders and gangs have been identified, authorities working to stop them

Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, the Secretary of Public Security in Baja California, spoke briefly with the press on Wednesday, ...

Band singer arrested for trying to hire out a murder, Sheriff said

Timothy Lambesis allegedly "solicited an undercover detective to kill his wife"

The lead singer for a heavy metal band has been arrested in California on suspicion of soliciting murder, according to ...

Levi Strauss pays big bucks to get 49ers' stadium naming rights

The $220 million for Levi's Stadium probably 4th highest in NFL history

Levi Strauss & Co. has signed a deal to pay $220.3 million to the city of Santa Clara and the ...

Police warn of new government employee impostor scam in El Cajon

Police in El Cajon are warning residents about a scam operation in which a resident is distracted by an individual ...

Penny Pritzker's La Jolla adventure

Commerce nominee's company paid money to settle suit by retirees

Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker, nominated by President Obama to be Secretary of Commerce, faces a grilling confirmation process. As media ...

Peters declares self-sequester, vows to donate portion of pay to senior center

Representative Scott Peters, named by Business Insider as the nation’s second-wealthiest freshman legislator, announced yesterday that in a symbolic gesture ...

UCAN wants Shames's suit thrown out, amplifies answers

Watchdog also slices pay of remaining workers in bid to keep going

Troubled watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) yesterday (May 6) filed a suit asking that the lawsuit earlier filed by ...

Economist regrets remarks about Keynes's sex life

Slurs made at presentation in Carlsbad

Harvard professor and economist Niall Ferguson, a stern critic of Keynesian economics, has apologized profusely for linking the late economist's ...

Grand Jury finds San Diego Unified School District's website too political

Grand Jury report says San Diego Unified had political messages on website. District officials blame insufficient staffing.

San Diego Unified School District's website is meant to educate and inform the public of its policies not its politics. ...

City Auditor says City and Zoo can keep better track of property tax revenues

City Auditor suggest better monitoring of property tax revenues used by San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is essentially on the lamb...rather lam...free to do whatever it chooses with $10.5 million a year ...

Congresswoman stays at the Taj on free junket to Bangalore

Top traveled San Diego representative and husband hit the road again, racking up $17,096 in travel tab paid for by corporation-backed think tank

San Diego Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis, who last summer was ranked by a database maintained by Washington-based Legistorm.com as the ...

UC hospital workers overwhelmingly authorize strike

But date and duration of possible strike not yet determined

More than 97% of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 3299 members working at all ten ...

Baja California homicides up as result of drug violence

Homicides are up in the first quarter of 2013 for BC, yet most can be attested to gang and drug violence

The Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Estado released crime statistics for the first three months of 2013 in Baja California ...

Conflicting predictions on summer sans San Onofre

Differing analyses of a new report from the California Independent Systems Operator (ISO), which controls the state’s energy grid, paint ...

Accused nurse expected to testify in his own defense

Felony charges of mishandling 23-year-old autistic patient

A nurse accused of abusing an autistic patient in his care is expected to testify in his own defense today, ...

NorCal homicide suspect apprehended in Ensenada after 13 years on the run

Man believed to have committed 2000 homicide in Ukiah

A Northern California man who had been on the run for almost 13 years from authorities was apprehended in Ensenada, ...

PG&E could get stiffest fine ever for San Bruno blast negligence

Safety division recommends shareholders pick up tab, not ratepayers

The state agency investigating the 2010 horrific San Bruno blast recommended today (May 6) that Pacific Gas & Electric pay ...

Hot prowl suspect sought in Cardiff by the Sea break-in

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man suspected of a “hot prowl” burglary last week in Cardiff by the Sea, ...

Fletcher may be a Democrat, but Qualcomm PAC still gives big to GOP

Mitch McConnell, Kelly Ayotte among other politicians of Grand Old Party denounced by ex-Republican assemblyman getting Qualcomm cash

Ex-Republican state assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who proclaimed himself an independent during his ill-fated mayoral race last year only to turn ...

State Supreme Court grants cities the authority to ban Medical Marijuana dispensaries

Today's decision states that citywide zoning restrictions are not in violation of Compassionate Use Act

Call it a blow, a hit, a pot shot, regardless of which clever play on words you choose, all describe ...

Chula Vista settles suit over cell phone tax

The City of Chula Vista appears set to settle a class action lawsuit brought by wireless phone users who claim ...

Question of religious faith sparks fund-raising for barbecue to feed Ocean Beach homeless

Money that was raised from what organizers described as a “social experiment” was used to throw a free barbecue Saturday ...

Marine accused of killing gay Army reservist due in court

Attorney: “No time waiver,” case set for trial later this month

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, is due in San Diego Superior Court next Tuesday, to confirm his trial date for ...

Copley Mission Beach home sells for $3.85 million

3,492 square foot home had been listed for $4.495 million

An architecturally innovative home at 702 Jersey Court, Mission Beach, formerly owned by the late Union-Tribune owner David Copley, has ...

DEA releases poster of most wanted drug traffickers in San Diego-Tijuana area

Wanted poster offers reward on six Mexican drug traffickers

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released a poster which shows six Mexican drug traffickers and offers a reward ...

Filmmaker James Cameron to Visit San Diego to Accept Prize for Science in the Public Interest

James Cameron will be in San Diego May 31st to accept the 2013 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest awarded by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Academy-award winning filmmaker James Cameron will visit San Diego on May 31st to accept the 2013 Nierenberg Prize for Science ...

No April Fools Joke: Fletcher Joins Democrats

Ex-GOP assemblyman who turned "independent" in midst of losing campaign for mayor backed by Qualcomm execs now says he's a Democrat

This past April Fools day, some wag posted an item on the Internet saying that ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who began ...

Juvenile gangster declared guilty of murder

Seventeen-year-old Oceanside boy used the shotgun, jury decided

A boy accused of shooting and killing another teen when he was 16-years-old has been declared guilty of murder and ...

Oceanside transient accused of killing a man for being too loud

Killer couldn’t sleep nearby because of loud conversation, investigators say

Bruce Eric Hunt, 52, was charged with murder in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse yesterday afternoon, May 3, 2012. ...

Vista woman charged with 40 felonies for alleged graffiti

Teenager held in lieu of $50,000 bail

Ramona Elena Montes, 18, was charged with 40 felonies and 20 misdemeanors for an alleged nine-month spree of graffiti vandalism, ...

Papa Doug's Austin hotel faces drainage problems

Needs variances from city council before construction can begin

Manchester Texas Financial Group is having troubles beginning a planned 50-story, 1000-room hotel in Austin. According to the Austin Business ...

Caretaker sentenced for dogs' attack on joggers

Valley Center man gets probation and must pay medical bills

A Valley Center man has been sentenced to 30 days public work service and 3 years probation and ordered to ...

Cruises to bring heavy tourist traffic next week

Next Tuesday may not be the most ideal time to find oneself Downtown. In addition to a 7:10 p.m. baseball ...

Woman sues City of San Diego for excessive force by police officer during a Chargers game

Woman claims she suffered a broken jaw, concussion, and was shot with a stun gun during her first Charger game.

As if it wasn't painful enough seeing a Chargers game last year, throw in a broken jaw, a concussion, and ...

Teachers union takes on GOP Lincoln Club in San Diego city council race

Political committee sanctioned by ethics commission for Filner mailing violations posts independent expenditures for Cole, against Crenshaw

If the race to occupy San Diego city council's fourth district seat wasn't rich enough already, a campaign committee run ...

Peevey ducks legislative hearing to guzzle wine in Napa

Embattled CPUC president stiffs state senators, reports NBC

Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on April 25 ducked a meeting of the Senate Budget ...

Man rams two police cars attempting to flee traffic stop

El Cajon Police were led on a wild chase yesterday afternoon when a driver ran a red light at the ...

Nation creates 165,000 April jobs, topping estimates

Unemployment rate drops to 7.5% and previous months revised upward

The U.S. created 165,000 jobs in April, beating forecasts of 135,000, as the unemployment rate dropped to 7.5% from 7.6% ...

Tijuana police record 222 attempted bribes over last 4 months

Authorities release number for those arrested offering cash for release

Tijuana city authorities released statistics on Thursday, May 2nd, which detail the number of suspects who have attempted to bribe ...

Oceanside man gets 20-yrs-to-Life for killing transgender prostitute

And ordered to pay $4,592.55 restitution for funeral expenses

An Oceanside man was sentenced today to 20-years-to-Life for killing a transgender prostitute more than a year ago. Tyree Davon ...

UCAN files cross-complaint against Shames

Ailing watchdog asks for punitive damages

The financially-strapped watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) filed suit this week against its former executive director, Michael Shames, who ...

Hughes family forked over for Democrat in days before Filner deal

Rancho Santa Fe real estate man doing volunteer lease work for mayor gives big debt paying cash to city council Democrat Lightner

Rancho Santa Fe's Jason Hughes made headlines on April 10 when San Diego mayor Bob Filner posted a news release ...

Donated solar panels to arrive on 50-70 rooftops in coming year

GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar panel installer focused on providing access to solar power to low-income families and training green ...

Drunk drivers targeted with patrols rather than checkpoints during Cinco de Mayo weekend

Another holiday weekend means another drunk driving crackdown is in the works from the Avoid the 15 organization of local ...

Potential conflict of interest for planning commissioner whose spouse works at land-use consultant firm?

Ted Shaw works for land-use consultant Atlantis Group which represents major developers trying to push projects through city hall.

San Diego City Planning Commissioners have almost always had some ties to developers or some level of interest in new ...

President Obama’s Mexico visit to focus on trade

Trip hopes to strengthen trade ties, reaffirm security

United States President Barack Obama traveled to Mexico Thursday, May 2nd, on the first leg of a three day trip. ...

New lanes for "most congested" North County freeway

A two year campaign to improve transit along the frequently congested SR-78 highway in North County ended yesterday (May 1) ...

Southwestern College appoints new board member

Trust continues to be a major issue on campus

April 29 the Southwestern Board of Trustees selected Nora Vargas to fill the position vacated by former trustee William Stewart. ...

City agrees to $120,000 settlement in lawsuit over downtown PBID overcharges

City council agreed to end the lawsuit during an April 16 closed session meeting.

During a closed session meeting last week, San Diego city councilmembers approved the settlement offer from SCI Consulting for mistakes ...

Downtown lobbyist fundraiser raked in $9,000 for Filner, filing shows

Firm of mayoral political guru Tom Shepard, whose lobbying boutique represents SDG&E, reports final take from January office bash

On the evening of January 23, a variety of high-end vehicles arrived at the downtown offices of Public Policy Strategies, ...

Vista teen accused of more than 300 acts of graffiti vandalism

Eighteen-year-old woman signed her defacements HAZE, a sergeant said

An 18-year-old woman was arrested last night on suspicion of causing more than $100,000 in damage to the city of ...

A Team makes high school drug busts

Mr. T appears to have sat this one out. Nevertheless, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department is calling “Operation A Team,” ...

Beginning of the end for San Onofre?

Plant operator say it could decide by year-end whether to permanently shutter nuclear reactors

Last November, we reported that the costs piling up related to the ongoing emergency shutdown at San Onofre Nuclear Generating ...

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