City Lights

NFL owners’ noses growing while their pants burn

Is Las Vegas a problem? Ha! Gambling supports the NFL

Since its founding in 1920, the National Football League has proclaimed it opposes gambling, but the league was actually launched by gamblers and has been tied to and supported by gambling ever since. The league ...

A $13 street-side massage in Tijuana

“Take off your shirt, lower your pants, and lie down on the table.”

Countless street masseurs ply their trade throughout the city of Tijuana. Most sit on sidewalks near popular areas such as parks, flea markets, plazas, and churches. Signs hanging around their necks read “Experto Sobador” — ...

The value of Stanford vs. UCSD

Silicon Valley far ahead of San Diego in every way except biotech

What makes the Silicon Valley economy tick and other California metro areas — San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — lag behind? One factor is that Silicon Valley recruited engineering talent as a result ...

Elephant rages in East Village

Sex, violence, and lawsuits at Underground Elephant

“Combat,” “extortion,” “sociopath” and other unsavory terms are swirling around in the tornado of bad publicity blowing through the East Village company once listed by a local publication as one of San Diego’s best places ...

Tax havens with funny names no laughing matter

Offshore: A cozy place to hide money

At least one good thing may come out of this year’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged Russian ties and last year’s Panama Papers scandal. The public may learn how oodles of money is stashed ...

Engineers’ group bullish on H-1B reform

Will Issa’s bill pass?

Lots of talk on H-1B visa reform — action doubtful.

Off-duty sheriff’s detective chokes driver who cut him off

DA’s office charges motorist

Young, black, and choked out by a questionable detective.

Yay! San Diego reservoirs filling up

Aquifer-dependent Borrego Springs doesn’t have much to cheer about

On January 26, San Diego County’s water authority exulted that the drought was over. On March 22, the New York Times wrote, “We have some good news on the California drought.” The huge snowpack in ...

Hotel taxes lost due to city’s internet ineptitude

Expedia, Hotwire, and Priceline cost the city millions in taxes

In December 2016, the California Supreme Court ended a 13-year legal fight waged by San Diego to collect tens of millions of dollars in hotel occupancy taxes from online travel companies such as Expedia, Hotwire, ...

The trade war that could wallop San Diego

Mexico: 92 percent of exports, 80 percent of imports

The law of unintended consequences warns individuals, governments, and corporations that any action may backfire. The possibility of a trade war with Mexico is a classic example: the consequences could be brutal, especially for San ...

Could Major League Soccer kick the city where it counts?

Hard to get more than 10,000 San Diegans per game

Fútbol? Football? Everybody chatters about the so-called plan for a soccer/football stadium and surrounding development in Mission Valley. Will taxpayers get fleeced? Why does San Diego State seem so queasy? Should we preserve Qualcomm Stadium ...

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