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Stories by Don Bauder

Tom Gildred’s wife, Carolina, goes to NY courts

Claims she has been defamed by tango instructor

Since 1929, the Gildred family has been prominent in San Diego. Its first project was construction and operation of the Fox Theatre, now known as Symphony Hall. Through the years, Gildred Companies has developed properties ...

County unemployment: Bostonia and Imperial Beach highest

Del Mar has lowest — below 1 percent

San Diego County's unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in June, up from a revised 3.6 percent in May. However, total non-farm jobs rose by 6400 during the month, and that is a more important ...

Troy Flowers in trouble again with SEC

This time, Flowers' firm is named Fruition, Inc.

Troy Joseph Flowers, who has been in trouble on and off with securities regulators and criminal investigators, is back in trouble again. The Securities and Exchange Commission on July 19 charged Flowers and Sean Nevett ...

Lawrence Isen knows white-collar crime

SEC and U.S. Attorney's office file charges in New York

San Diego penny stock tout and manipulator Lawrence Isen, who has been in trouble with law enforcement about as long as he has been in the business, was named July 12 in civil charges by ...

Lemon Grove lady ran a tax scam while awaiting sentencing for earlier one

She gets 14.5 years in prison for the capers

Lemon Grove's Cynthia Lozano was sentenced to 175 months in prison today (July 12) for running two complex tax and identity theft scams. She ran the second one while awaiting sentencing for the first one. ...

82 San Diego workers filed minimum wage complaints last year

Study shows local employees not getting their pay

San Diego workers are not getting the pay to which they are entitled, says a study released yesterday (July 11) by the San Diego State University Department of Sociology, the Center on Policy Initiatives, and ...

Juliet would be jailbait

Age of sexual consent was much lower in centuries past

Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is 13 years old. Shakespeare doesn’t tell us how old Romeo is, but my high school English teacher said he was 28. If she was right, and you put ...

Grad student takes Cal State San Marcos to court over sex case

Court won't grant temporary restraining order

A San Diego male, Student Doe, who was completing his master's degree at California State University San Marcos, has sued the university in federal court, claiming that the school falsely accused him of sexual misconduct, ...

Update — San Diego Unified sues College Board

Over the Scripps Ranch AP tests

The San Diego Unified School District and Scripps Ranch Group, representing Scripps Ranch High School, filed suit July 7 in federal court against Educational Testing Services and the College Entrance Examination Board, both of New ...

Activist Pallamary, "diabetic in distress"

Sues Chargers, police, city, medics

Michael J. Pallamary, land use consultant and local political activist, filed a suit in Superior Court July 5 complaining that he was a victim of mistreatment at a Chargers game November 6 of last year. ...

Encinitas arson spree ends with arrest

Man charged with igniting multiple fires

On July 5, Tyler Carender, 20, was arrested on federal charges of that in fall of last year he committed three arsons at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Oak Crest Middle School in his home ...

Even in Miami, politicians getting smart

Some realize stadium subsidies a scam

Increasingly, the media, politicians, and city leaders around the U.S. are understanding that taxpayer subsidies of pro stadiums are complete scams. Yesterday, the New York Times panned Marlins Park, the Miami stadium that will host ...

Local lawyers slapped by state bar

One disbarred, two disciplined

The State Bar of California has announced actions against three San Diego County lawyers. Jerry Lane Hefner of Julian was disbarred by default for failing to participate in proceedings to determine whether a prior conviction ...

Heaven's Gate still has website

But suicide now a no-no

The 919 Gang, a daily online newsletter mainly for former and current Union-Tribune employees, reports today (July 2) that Heaven's Gate, the group that entered into a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe in 1997, ...

Brick & mortar vs. Amazon

Mall stores getting Amazonned into deep doo-doo

Fifty years ago, shopping malls were the local gathering places. Days and nights, they were jam-packed with people of all demographic groups. But by 2014, almost 20 percent of American malls were considered in trouble ...

Von Metzke "groomed" underaged girls by texting

Teens reported him, but theatre slow to act

Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 were best friends — and both were active in San Diego Junior Theatre, and had had sex with Eric von Metzke, a junior theatre teacher, when they were ...

SD Junior Theatre teacher going to prison

Pleads guilty to unlawful intercourse with minor girl

Eric von Metzke, a long-time teacher at the San Diego Junior Theatre, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison. On May 12, he pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a ...

Daughter of ex-Lemon Grove mayor in jail

Caught in historic fentanyl seizure

Anna Sessom Baker, daughter of former Lemon Grove mayor and council member Mary Sessom, is in jail today. Yesterday (June 20),she, along with Jonathan Ibarra and Hector Fernando Garcia, were arraigned and charged with possession ...

Somalian, Nigerian immigrants fleeced

Tax preparers sentenced to prison

Two local tax preparers and the recruiter who brought them victims were sentenced to 30 months in prison yesterday (June 19). Rahim Ali Cummings and Rashad Abdul-Rahim were sentenced for conspiring to commit mail fraud, ...

San Diego attorney James Davis couldn't find Bit Torrent movie thieves

Now he's suing gang that got him into the business

Catching thieves who steal and distribute movies using BitTorrent software is a difficult business. San Diego County attorney James Davis last year sued John and Jane Does that had stolen a movie called Cell. Early ...

Bitter La Jolla divorce burns hotter

Dianne York-Goldman in court for 39th time

One-time La Jolla socialites Dianne York-Goldman and Dr. Mitchel Goldman were divorced in 2009, but the dissonant music lingers on. In October of 2008, Pennsylvania-based Avidas Pharmaceuticals announced a new anti-aging product, Vitaphenol Complex. It ...

San Onofre — another Chernobyl?

Radiation would be 40 times worse

A terrorist attack that could endanger 8.5 million people. Who cares? A tsunami or earthquake that could spread even wider damage. Yawn. A potentially disastrous meltdown. Fuhgeddaboudit. A utility stock that zooms upward, paying fat ...

San Diegans shell out 39.6 percent of income to mortgage

Third-highest percentage of income in U.S.

Buying a home in California coastal metropolitan areas takes twice the percentage of median income as in the United States overall, according to a new study by Zillow, the real estate statistical compiler. In the ...

Judge Curiel gets another tough one

Landlords want ouster of Indian group specializing in peyote, marijuana

On Friday, June 9, another possibly controversial lawsuit landed in the lap of federal Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who made headlines for his handling of the Trump University case, which ended with President Trump agreeing ...

Did she want to become a U.S. mud wrestler?

She punches agent, faces 8 years in hoosegow

Yesterday (June 8), Jose Camargo-Alejo, who also goes by the name Jessica, an undocumented Mexican, was convicted of assaulting a United States patrol agent. It happened on or about November 30. She was detained at ...

Former Navy commander pleads guilty in Singapore scandal

Kapaun 21st current or ex-Navy official charged in Francis case

Former United States Navy Commander David Kapaun pleaded guilty in Hawaii yesterday (June 6) to lying about his relationship with Leonard G. Francis, the Singapore-based defense contractor at the center of a long-running bribery and ...

Three men pose as Homeland Security officials

Falsely promised to deliver immigration documents

Yesterday, June 7, three individuals — two of them pretending to be Homeland Security officials — were arrested for falsely promising to provide immigration status to individuals. The three allegedly fleeced $6 million from at ...

Safe healthcare investment turned out to be shaky student debt

La Jolla's MWM promised couple eight percent a year

William M. Malloy III, who says his fortune goes back to the early 1800s, has been sued in federal court for his alleged role in a Ponzi scheme that is rocking the state of Oregon. ...

Zapf's husband files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

In 2014 he had been found liable for negligence

On May 12 in bankruptcy court, Eric David Zapf, husband of second district city councilwoman Lorie Zapf, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or liquidation. Lorie Zapf was named as a codebtor. They live at 4622 ...

Prebys's close associates won't surrender to his furious "life partner"

Laurie Anne Victoria hires Gibson Dunn from L.A.

Laurie Anne Victoria, the late Conrad Prebys's long-time second-in-command and chief financial officer who is now chief executive of the firm that made him a billionaire, has hired two top Los Angeles attorneys to battle ...

San Diego Junior Theatre keeps up the Oz-like curtain

Tragicomedy on San Diego stages: Junior Theatre sad, opera happy

A tragicomedy is a stage production that contains both tragedy and comedy. The local stage scene is a bit like that: the San Diego Junior Theatre for youngsters may be foundering close to a tragedy, ...

Surprise! James Y. Lee banned from securities industry

He doesn't show up for hearing; he's in prison.

On May 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission banned James Y. Lee, formerly of La Jolla, from the securities industry. Lee didn't show up for the hearing. One reason: he is in Taft Correctional Institution ...

Prebys foundation president Debra Turner sues other board members

She protests money award to Conrad Prebys's disinherited son

In Superior Court May 17, Debra Turner, who lived with billionaire philanthropist Conrad Prebys for more than 16 years, sued the other board members of the Conrad Prebys Foundation. Turner is president of the foundation, ...

San Diego unemployment rate of 3.8 percent lowest since December of 2006

18,200 more nonfarm jobs since a year ago

The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 3.8 percent in April, down from a revised 4.2 percent in March. According to Emerson Figueroa of the Employment Development Department, the 3.8 percent is the lowest ...

Billionaire Conrad Prebys cut his son out of will

Eric Prebys, noted physicist, blames dad's dementia

Billionaire real estate tycoon Conrad Prebys, who died last July at 82, gave hundreds of millions of dollars to nonprofit groups, but he cut his only child, son Eric Prebys, out of the will two ...

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 ...

Singapore slings: numbers 21 and 22 of Navy scandal.

Here at home, engineer pleads guilty to different misbehavior

Neil Peterson and Linda Raja, former executives of Singapore's Glenn Defense Marine Asia, pleaded guilty in federal court today (May 9) to fraud charges, confessing that they submitted phony claims and invoices to the United ...

Tyson Foods knocks some value off Circle Foods

The local company's assets deemed overvalued

Three years ago, Tyson Foods, the big Arkansas food company, purchased San Diego's Circle Foods, which makes foods such as tortillas and India flatbreads that can be cooked quickly in the home. When a company ...

San Diego slowdown is factor in SeaWorld's poor results

Construction of new Orca Encounter took toll, claims company

Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment narrowed its first quarter loss, but disappointed analysts' expectations, the company reported today (May 9). The company lost $61.1 million, or 72 cents a share, from $84 million, or $1.00 a share ...

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 ...

David Meza killed his boyfriend to get inheritance, including Rosarito condo

Imperial Beach man had pregnant girlfriend who knew about the murder

David Enrique Meza of Imperial Beach was convicted by jury this morning (May 2) of killing his boyfriend to get his inheritance. The lover, Texas retiree Jake Clyde Merendino, was stabbed 24 times exactly two ...

San Diego rated most kid-friendly in U.S.

Playgrounds per capita woo visitors

San Diego is the most child-friendly U.S. city for a family to visit, concludes Reward/Expert, a statistical aggregator that helps travelers negotiate the world of frequent flyer programs and credit card awards. The City of ...

Brouhaha or foofaraw at San Diego Junior Theatre?

Lawyer taking complaint to Mayor Faulconer, city council

A brouhaha is a public clamor over a critical matter. A foofaraw is a clamor over a petty matter. At Balboa Park's Junior Theatre, a group of parents and attendees believe there have been serious ...

NPR, SDSU, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders beat back Encinitas attorney

Appeals court says he influenced his sick client.

On April 20, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, agreed with a lower court decision assailing an Encinitas attorney for making himself the recipient of the fortune of an elderly, mentally ailing client, who ...

U-T using charities to boost circulation

But are advertisers fooled?

The Union-Tribune has a new gimmick to boost circulation -- possibly losing money in the process. The paper is advertising that you can get a one-year Sunday subscription plus all-digital access for a mere $4.68 ...

Appellate court reverses child molest decision

Man in late 60s had been sentenced to 50 years.

On April 20, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, reversed a lower court decision of alleged 2013 child molestation by John Landis Wismer, then in his late 60s, who was a close friend of ...

In new book, Filner admits his sex addiction, mistakes

"Now I see it wasn't the sex I was after; it was the power."

Former Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced to resign from office after a short stay, has written a self-published book, Trumping Trump: Making Democrats Progressive Again. It is available on Amazon. One irony is that ...

A&D General Contracting and Action Telecom fraudulently got contracts for disabled veterans

Owners of construction and telecom firms arraigned yesterday

Owners of two companies were arraigned in federal court yesterday (April 21) for allegedly using fraud to get contracts of $11 million that had been specifically marked for service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses. Andrew Otero and Roger ...

KOGO Radio financial stock tout arrested in Utah

Jacob Cooper boasted of piety, good deeds

The Securities and Exchange Commission three years ago charged him and his firm, Total Wealth Management, with fraud. The agency said he got kickbacks for touting stocks without divulging the ruse to his clients. Some ...

County unemployment rate stays low

It was 4.2 percent in March, same as February

The San Diego County unemployment rate for March was 4.2 percent, the same as the revised figure for February. California was 5.1 percent and the nation 4.6 percent in the same period. The county gained ...

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