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News & Stories

SDG&E attempts brazen caper #2

Utility wants to make consumers to pay for fire

San Diego Gas & Electric late today (September 25) asked the California Public Utilities Commission to get consumers to pay the uninsured costs of the 2007 wildfires. After a thorough investigation, a unit of the ...

La Jolla Banker bought ticket to perdition

She took bribes, kickbacks to issue bad loans

Amalia Martinez, head of Small Business Administration lending at the now-defunct La Jolla Bank, pleaded guilty today, September 25th, to conspiracy to misapply bank funds. Martinez admitted that she and other senior bank officials accepted ...

Will Soon-Shiong grab San Diego’s U-T?

Mega-billionaire medic surfaces in war for Southern California news empire

As speculation continues regarding the putative takeover of the L.A. Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune by Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, other would-be suitors are emerging who could challenge the wealthy Democrat in a ...

They invented punk rock

This Is the Sonics

Something burning this white hot, might out-vie language itself. For those joining us late, the Sonics started out in Tacoma, Washington, as teenagers. They invented punk rock — and anyone who doesn’t believe that can ...

Port maintains bump in Bayshore Bikeway

Part of National City segment still considered "interim"

The San Diego Unified Port District and National City declared a truce Wednesday, September 23rd, in the longstanding tug-of-war over how to rework the 303 acres of land on the bay between 24th Street and ...

Lucy's last show

"...until the next one, anyway"

The last time Lucy’s Fur Coat played at the Casbah, I left in an ambulance. At the time, band members were promising it would be their last-ever show, and an enthusiastic crowd was going to ...

Can't lay off the layoffs?

Qualcomm CEO begs Clinton: "Please stop me before I downsize again!"

Local telecommunications company Qualcomm laid off some 1300 San Diegans recently in an effort to repair the damage wrought by plummeting sales. Critics have called the move “unfortunate” from a publicity standpoint, given the boatloads ...

Oceanside's Galanis and sons in trouble again

Criminal and civil charges for stock market fraud

Oceanside's Galanis family is in trouble again for alleged stock market fraud. Yesterday (September 24), the Securities and Exchange Commission civilly charged some family members with manipulating the stock market. At the same time, the ...

Pursuing Tacotopia

¡Salud! earns its upside-down exclamation point

I first got turned on to ¡Salud! at the Reader’s Tacotopia event last May. I’d like to say I remember exactly which tacos I tried that afternoon, but let’s face it, I ate dozens, and ...

Local lawsuit vs. Volkswagen

Amber Handal displeased with her dirty diesel Jetta, files class action

Volkswagen and Audi owners in cities throughout the U.S. are rushing to file class-action lawsuits days after the Environmental Protection Agency discovered the Volkswagen Auto Group installed "defeat devices" in more than 480,000 diesel-powered vehicles ...

Haggen, dogged by problems, closes

Some customers unaware of closures but aware of no donuts

Nine months after announcing the biggest move into the Southern California grocery business, Washington-based Haggen Foods is giving up, leaving 127 California, Nevada, and Arizona stores vacant and laying off thousands of workers. The closures ...

Big trouble in Eastlake III

Homeowners association battles property-management company

If you live on the eastern side of Chula Vista, you likely belong to a homeowners association. The association governing Eastlake III and its 32 neighborhoods, located in the Otay Lakes area, has been a ...