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Embezzling, forging one's way into Rancho Santa Fe

Bean-counter admits to stealing $2.5 million

Alfonso Fierro Jr. wanted to live the high life. He did. He was controller of WSA Distributing from 2008 through 2012. In 2012, he was named chief financial officer. On the last day of February, ...

Cardiff seal pup rests up (mostly uninterrupted)

“Who are these parents that are letting their children do this?

Early on Sunday morning, March 2, after a storm had passed, I ran past a little seal sleeping on the beach in Cardiff by the Sea. He looked really tired and even though he was ...

Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Hidden hotspot for Thai hot pot

So I was just leaving this kinda cute patio where I'd been having a late brekky with my friend Ernesto (La Mesa Bistro, more on this in upcoming Tin Fork), and, well, we talked a ...

No new trial for Brent Wilkes

"Self-serving declarations by a...criminal are unlikely to persuade a jury.”

Disgraced defense contractor Brent Wilkes, currently serving a 12-year sentence for his role in the Randy "Duke" Cunningham scandal, will not get the new trial he seeks, a federal appeals court ruled March 10. Wilkes, ...

Judge to rule on privacy of Gloria’s e-correspondence

Lawsuit says council president’s text messages should be made public

Should the text messages that council president Todd Gloria sends during council hearings be made available to the public? And, if so, should Gloria have to appear in court or under oath to discuss those ...

Plan presented for more Balboa Park cottages

"It is incomprehensible that there is no House of Mexico now."

A plan that would add five permanent cottages for ten countries to Balboa Park's House of Pacific Relations was sent back for revision Thursday, March 6, after a packed meeting that pitted a room full ...

Discovering San Francisco's City Hall

One of SF's less-touristed treasures.

There are the usual San Francisco tourism sites: the Golden Gate, Lombard Street, Chinatown, etc. There are my favorites: the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Museum of Modern Art and de Young Museum. And ...

Shamu pays off big for San Diego pols

Execs for controversial aquatic park spreading fishy political wealth

With their bread and butter, and anchovies and chum, under attack by animal-rights activists, executives at Sea World, the profitable San Diego aquatic park, have been turning to a traditional American means of persuasion: campaign ...

Fit to be Thai'd in La Mesa

Bamboo is Thai comfort food done right

It was my birthday a few weeks ago and my family gave me the choice where to eat. There wasn’t much thought. I picked Bamboo Thai Cuisine on University Avenue, near La Mesa Blvd. It’s ...

Post–San Onofre, activists demand green energy

Protest at headquarters of Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison, the operator and majority owner of San Diego's now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is facing similar pressure to that felt locally by San Diego Gas & Electric from activists demanding replacement ...

Community garden springs up in Chula Vista

“It's about people…. The kids don’t even know where their food comes from.”

Scrawny saplings are in the ground in rows — apple, peach, avocado, tangerine — and a gardener says you may be able to pick fruit from these trees two years from now. Landscaping tools are ...

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