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Qualcomm accused of illegal scheme

Apple has sued Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the market for chips for wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities, according to Bloomberg News. "Apple is demanding ...

January 21, 2017

Visduh: As far as her alleged scams go, she is the same Cristina Montijo as the one in New York. A detective in the Southern District of New York nailed her, and the case was sent to San Diego, where she lives.

I am being cautious on the teacher part. A New York TV station said she was a kindergarten teacher in the New York area, and now we suspect that she was honored while teaching second grade in San Diego. But as you say, there could be a lot of people by that name. Ponzi's finding that her name has been scrubbed from the "Life Change of the Year" website raises suspicions. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 17, 2017
U-T print circulation continues to plummet

Union-Tribune average seven-day print circulation is plunging precipitously. For the year ended October 1, average daily print circulation was only 144,085, down from 164,532 in 2015 and from 189,822 in 2013. This information is critical ...

October 17, 2016
Mark McGwire admitted using drugs but still has a chance for Hall of Fame

The dictionary defines “sportsmanship” as “fair play; respect for opponents; polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport.” That definition is woefully out of date. Now the definition of “sportsmanship” is “egregious greed; ...

October 19, 2016

"The Meeting Rooms policy allows the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages within the facilities on a one-day use permit only. It is the intent of the community to provide these specified areas where alcoholic beverages can be served at wedding receptions, banquets, etc. within the facility."

It's for alcohol in the library meeting rooms.

Oct. 20, 2016
Cottages to blossom in Balboa Park

Groundbreaking for new cottages in Balboa Park's House of Pacific Relations is slated for November, giving nine nations their own dedicated spaces in four duplexes and one stand-alone building. House of Philippines will stand independently, ...

October 24, 2016

It's no surprise that the mob is supporting Trump. His role model, friend and groomer was the mobs favorite lawyer, Roy Cohn. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/us/politics/donald-trump-roy-cohn.html

Oct. 24, 2016

Spectator sports are tolerated (and encouraged) at the national level for two reasons:

1- They inspire loyalty.

2- They distract the public.

1- All the flag/logo waving, rabid team loyalty, hate for the opposition and emotional turmoil are models for patriotic citizenship. Government needs us to feel this way so that we can send our patriotic children to fight wars to support our corporate profits around the world. Similarly, government encourages scouting, the Pledge of Allegiance, and other activities that promote loyalty and respect for uniforms and uniformity. The loyalty concept is extended to the sport fan's city, state and country; but also beyond that to products (shoes, soft drinks, chewing tobacco...) used by teams and star performers. It's a gravy train for corporations and government.

2- People who come to work in the morning eager to discuss 'the big game' are less aware of their small paycheck, their poor working conditions, or anything political that doesn't involve sports. Corporations love these distracted employees who never find the time to complain. Politicians love them because they don't pay attention to what politics is doing to them and they vote guided by the advertising they see. Television and other mindless entertainments serve the same purpose but with less lingering emotion than sports.

Jan. 13, 2017

MTS is entrusted with the U.S. stretch as a public asset and therefore compelled to maximize its use to and returns for the public. But instead, they've let Alemany and the Forty Thieves break the lease by skipping every performance-based test, and let the railway continue to disintegrate, just so long as they got the $1M annual payment. So far, one could defend this as simple incompetence.

But now MTS is letting this broken lease be claimed as a private asset, and the entire $1M a year/99 year deal bought out at bankruptcy rates of pennies on the dollar, with the difference pocketed by the swindlers, as a reward for literally doing nothing for over three years?

At this point, one can only assume that there have been kickbacks to high MTS officials, as reaching this height of absurdity requires a criminal intelligence that garden-variety stupid can't explain.

Feb. 2, 2017
Ready to fill with North Park foodies

The long-empty storefront at 3020 University Avenue in North Park may at last find a lessee. The building has been an eyesore for several years in the ever-growing, popular foodie district of North Park (in ...

February 2, 2017

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailin' man, the Skipper brave and sure, five con-artists set sail that day, for a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost. The Minnow would be lost.

Feb. 2, 2017

Meanwhile, MTS can't seem to improve bus service on Route 10, which goes through North Park, Hillcrest and Mission Hills on the way to Old Town. It's often so packed with people that no seats are available. Jablonski should take a ride on the 10 sometime to see for himself. Improving it is as important as developing Baja Rail.

Feb. 3, 2017
Electric companies seek taxpayer cash in the desert

Though the project is still failing its main mission, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric last month asked for consumer rate increases for the cost of building a 150-acre reef to make ...

The U-T management has chosen to focus on the most frivolous 'news'- sports, celebrities, comics, obits, entertainment, etc. They regurgitate the posturing of local and national politicians without questioning.

We have scores of government agencies and utility companies who make decisions that effect San Diegans (voters who need information). There are powerful developers and other private parties who influence our leaders and our lives, but they are generally hidden from view by local media. U-T has chosen not to inform us of what they are doing. We have scores of elected officials and bureaucrats who effect our lives but the U-T rarely casts a critical eye in their direction. For instance, they should have known about the dark side of Bob Filner years before, but they waited until he was already under attack to speak up.

Around the turn of the century I attended council meetings of a local city and there was always a (part-time) reporter from the U-T taking notes. That ended long ago. OTOH, I suspect that there are several reporters attending ball games and society events.

Grumble, grumble... But there are still some excellent reporters there. Let's hope that things will improve and they will choose 'news you can use' some day soon.

Feb. 1, 2017
MTS responds to Baja Rail charges

Metropolitan Transit System officials say that in spite of new litigation, progress is being made on the rehabilitation of the 100-year-old binational railroad. Earlier this week, the Reader reported on a new lawsuit filed by ...

February 3, 2017
Qualcomm sued for not being competitive enough

A putative class action lawsuit filed on March 16 in federal court charges that Qualcomm has an unlawful monopoly in baseband processors (also called modem chipsets). David Kreuzer, a resident of Illinois, owns an Apple ...

March 18, 2017
Bridgepoint VP goes to work for DeVos

In March of 2011, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions did a special investigative study of San Diego's for-profit Bridgepoint Education. Many shocking facts surfaced: Bridgepoint spent nearly 30 percent ...

March 18, 2017

Trouble is, Trump's voters actually BELIEVE he will cut THEIR taxes.

March 25, 2017

Don, You point out that Oakland could afford no such foolishness. I agree. But can Vegas really afford it? If you scratch below the surface of Vegas, you learn that the residents are suffering all sorts of social ills, and that governmental services to assist them are grossly inadequate, due to lack of funding. All that glitz and glitter in Vegas masks the grim reality of the city. It ain't a nice place, never was after gambling came along, and has no prospects for improvement. Lots of jobs but they are at the wrong time of day, the pay isn't so great, and families really struggle to stay afloat and stay sane.

If the Raiders prosper there it will be in spite of the host city, and will be due to the tourists, the gamblers, and the inverted priorities of the state government.

March 27, 2017

ROQUE THINKS HILLARY MAY RUN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY. I tried to reach De La Fuente before writing this item two days ago, but he didn't call me back. Tonight (March 27) he got back from overseas, he says, and was able to call back.

"Hillary may run for mayor," says De La Fuente. "She will beat [current mayor] Bill de Blasio." That is one reason De La Fuente has switched to the Republican party. (He ran as a Democrat for president and for senate in Florida.) "I am reaching out to the Reform Party and the Conservative Party," says Roque." I am meeting with leaders of the Bronx." He believes his Latino heritage will help him.

New York City needs someone "who understands bureaucracy," he opines. He has learned that from his battles with San Diego bureaucracies, he says. Best, Don Bauder

March 27, 2017

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