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Stories by Don Bauder

Who stole your iPod, don't embarrass the Hell's Angels

Don't Embarrass the Hells Angels They will not tolerate someone pretending to be a member who is not really a member. By Eva Knott, July 25, 2012 Roman Abramovich Yacht on San Diego’s Embarcadero It ...

May 23, 2020
Juan Vargas as cash magnet, J. David Dominelli as town sugar daddy

San Diego State's growing contempt for undergrads “We have pulled resources out of undergraduate education in order to build expensive, elite PhD programs that cater to very few students proportionately." By Joe Deegan, March 27, ...

May 16, 2020
Kearny Mesa – not really a neighborhood

Giovanni's leaves cribbage fans homeless I used to come to Giovanni’s at the turn of the century when they were located at Balboa Avenue about a mile west from the I-805 freeway. I remember playing ...

Best Reader stories from 2005

Salvation Mountain The Slabs are Slab City, three miles east of Niland, between the sultry Salton Sea and the Chocolate Mountains. Years ago the concrete slabs supported the barracks of Camp Dunlap, where General George ...

February 15, 2020
Otay Mesa – so unsettled

Feds plan to make pond of Tijuana sewage Just how smelly are thirteen acres of raw sewage? Soon, very soon, we shall find out. Next Monday a federal agency is planning to start building an ...

December 23, 2019
Rancho Santa Fe – the most luxury homes in California

San Diego Polo Club site developed by Heaven's Gate Exclusiveness breeds itself, so it’s little wonder that when the San Diego Polo Club in Rancho Santa Fe needed a Web page designed, they turned to ...

Old Town – early and later stories

General store ledgers tell how people lived in Old Town Finding which store the ledger came from involved detective work. In 1864, there were only two general merchandise stores, one in Old Town, the other ...

Borrego Springs– no there there

From Toro Peak to Fonts Point, barely Their plan was to start at Toro Peak, in the Santa Rosa Mountains just north of Borrego Springs, hike along the mountainous spine over Rabbit Peak and Villager ...

Warner Springs – place of contention

The blackest of crimes committed against Warner Ranch Indians Lummis rode past sturdy, whitewashed adobe houses with thatched roofs. When he reached the center of the village, anxious eyes approached. The Cupeños were desperate for ...

Don Bauder and the Reader

How Bauder came to write for the Reader: My wife and I had bought Colorado land in 1999, and hired a builder who constructed our home on 36 acres. It was ready in early 2003. ...

February 16, 2019
Curmudgeon Don Bauder's view of debt

The federal deficit will be a staggering $1 trillion next year. Corporate debt is an astonishing $6.3 trillion. Globally, the derivatives market, which nearly killed us in 2008, could be $1 quadrillion. Speculation is rampant ...

September 26, 2018
Farewell to a professional love

In 1960, I entered the journalism profession with a Master’s degree and an addiction to work in a field I already knew that I loved: writing and reporting. I had worked 40 hours a week ...

September 17, 2018
S.D.’s household income rose five percent last year

Median San Diego household income jumped five percent to $76,662 last year, but the main reason is that more people per household were working, according to United States Census Bureau data revealed this morning (September ...

September 14, 2018
Calif. insurance department hits NRA with cease and desist

The California Department of Insurance yesterday (September 11) issued a cease and desist order against the National Rifle Association (NRA). The association sponsors Carry Guard, which it describes as a “membership carry program” offering comprehensive ...

September 13, 2018
Teens to flip Jack in the Box burgers gone

"If you want to work, there is no excuse for not getting into the job market now,” says Phil Blair, executive owner of Manpower San Diego. Blair, the local employment guru, is talking about the ...

September 12, 2018
SD Opera’s Tito Capobianco dies

Tito Capobianco, the autocrat who brought San Diego Opera — and the late soprano Beverly Sills — to prominence, died September 8 at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, to which he had retired in 2000. He was 87. ...

September 10, 2018
San Diego’s poor pay 95% of family income for rent

At a time when the current Washington D.C. administration is proposing deep cuts in housing welfare, the staggering rent costs for low-income San Diegans merits focus. According to a Zillow release this week, low-income San ...

September 7, 2018
If you want to get on the fast track...

There’s an old song, “Ya gotta be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls.” The words are now being changed to “Ya gotta be a pro sports team owner to get your ...

September 7, 2018
San Diego one of best places to raise family

San Diego comes in 24th out of 182 in the best cities in which to raise a family, according to a new report by WalletHub, which does statistical studies of United States places to work ...

September 4, 2018
Chargers hater back

Joseph MacRae, who sponsored the flying of anti-Chargers/anti-Spanos banners over StubHub Center in Carson (L.A. County) last year when the Chargers were playing there, intends to repeat this year if he can raise the money. ...

August 31, 2018
Matchmaker Irene Valenti is just a humble person

Rancho Santa Fe’s Irene Valenti runs a matchmaking service claiming to tie rich and/or talented women with rich and/or talented men. However, as revealed a year ago, she herself wouldn’t qualify for a match. She ...

August 29, 2018
San Diego's biotechs soared, then came down to reality

Can scientific purity and entrepreneurial greed coexist? San Diego is an ideal testing ground for that question, because it is one of three biotech centers in the United States, and biotech companies, dominated by scientists, ...

August 29, 2018
D’Souza book fifth on New York Timesbest seller list

Arch-conservative San Diegan Dinesh D’Souza is riding high these days: his new book, Death of a Nation, this week is number 5 on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list. The book posits that Republican ...

August 27, 2018
350,000 grads, $7.5 billion of debt

The Oakland-based independent Institute for College Access and Success this month released a study showing that 350,000 two-year or four-year grads of for-profit colleges left school in 2012 with a collective $7.5 billion of debt. ...

August 27, 2018
Larry Lucchino, switch hitter on ballpark subsidies

Remember when Larry Lucchino and John Moores said that a fat ballpark subsidy for a team owned by a mega-millionaire was a civic good — something akin to godliness and cleanliness? After getting San Diego ...

August 20, 2018
Almost everyone in Solana Beach working

The county unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in July, down from a revised 3.7 percent in June and from 4.4 percent a year earlier, according to the California Employment Development Department. During the month, total ...

August 17, 2018
Local home listing prices dropped 20 percent in June

Maybe some relief is coming for home buyers. San Diego County home price listings dropped 20 percent in June, according to Zillow.com. Among the 35 largest United States metro areas, the only larger drop was ...

August 16, 2018
Chula Vista firm charged with cheating investors

A now-defunct Chula Vista firm, RMR Asset Management, and its head, Ralph Riccardi, used fraudulent schemes to deprive individual investors of municipal bonds, according to a suit filed Tuesday (August 14) in federal court. Individual, ...

August 16, 2018
Chernobyl in San Onofre?

In March of this year, Southern California Edison, the major owner of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant, revealed that a shipment of canisters in which the company is burying nuclear waste near the ocean ...

August 15, 2018
SD homebuilding still in the dumps

After the housing bubble burst in the 2008 period, the United States has been very slow to replenish the housing stock, or inventory. The partly explains the rise in home prices. San Diego County is ...

August 14, 2018
Move over, Ivy League. West tops universities

The University of California at San Diego is the second best educational institution in the nation, according to a new ranking of universities and colleges by Money magazine. Among the factors going into the study ...

August 14, 2018
City leaders don’t mention “convention center”

Local media are reporting this morning (August 9) that the initiative to raise the hotel tax to expand the convention center and purportedly fix the roads and help the homeless doesn’t have enough valid signatures ...

Bridgepoint stock soars

On July 25, stock of San Diego-based, deeply-troubled Bridgepoint Education closed at $8.09. It had been as low as $5.31 in the past 52 weeks. Today (August 3), Bridgdepoint closed at $13.10 — a huge ...

August 3, 2018
Longtime friends nabbed for insider trading

Story updated on August 21. Two Carlsbad residents, friends since childhood, were slapped this week for insider trading that arose after they attended a concert together. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, in July ...

August 3, 2018
Golf has to suffer six or more years

It was golf’s celebrated United States Open, played June of 2008, at Torrey Pines. The already weak national economy was about to go into a tailspin. Tiger Woods, the god of golf, was limping around ...

August 1, 2018
Downtown darling Kris Michell back in city government

Kris Michell, former chief of staff to both Mayor Golding and Mayor Sanders, contributed to the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System from November 21, 1994 through March 22, 1998. Then she went on to ...

July 30, 2018
CPUC wipes away Peevey/Edison collusion, criminal investigation

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday (July 26) made an unimpressive adjustment to a rape of the ratepayer that began with a secret meeting between the then-top commissioner, Michael Peevey, and a representative of ...

July 27, 2018
Study: county pension benefits soar

Transparent California, a research group that is critical of excessive government pensions and salaries, says in a new study that benefits promised by the San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Association (SDCERA) jumped 1,237 percent from ...

July 26, 2018
San Diego student futures more hopeful than you might think

WalletHub, the statistical aggregator, has come out with a study of educational attainment among American 150 metro areas. San Diego County is 20th in “most educated.” The ones at the top tend to be areas ...

July 26, 2018
Best large cities: San Diego fifth

San Diego is the fifth best large American city to live in, according to WalletHub, the statistical aggregator that applied 52 metrics to the largest 62 cities. The top four, in order, are Seattle, Virginia ...

July 23, 2018
County unemployment rate rises sharply

The county unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in June, up from a revised 2.9 percent in May. Non-farm jobs dropped by 800 in the month, which is not alarming — at least yet. Leisure ...

July 20, 2018
Investor-owned utilities with sky-high rates

California’s investor-owned utilities — San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric — already have among the highest rates in the nation. (San Diego Gas & Electric’s are consistently the ...

July 20, 2018
Convention Center expansion absurd

The push for an expansion of the Convention Center is said to be a “citizens’ initiative.” It is actually a government initiative drawn up to feed money to downtown plutocrats — the hotel industry. The ...

Publication takes fun jabs at posh exurbs

The publication Business Insider currently features snarky jabs at the nation's richest exurbs and suburbs such as Wellesley, Massachusetts; Kenilworth, Illinois, and Los Altos Hills, and Atherton, California. Rancho Santa Fe comes in for a ...

Have a fraud or environmental complaint?

If you call the city attorney’s hotline, 619-533-5600, a recorded message tells you that if you have an environmental complaint, call Nuisance Abatement. Huh? If you have a consumer fraud complaint, you are told to ...

July 12, 2018
For pennies, you got stake in marijuana company

On July 2 in federal court, Carlsbad’s Andrew Fellner and his Strategic Global Investments got sued for securities fraud. The company is a penny stock trading on the Over-the-Counter pink sheets, the financial industry’s equivalent ...

July 10, 2018
Testing surges again at corporations

Frank Partnoy, law professor at the University of San Diego, writes in The Atlantic magazine of June that corporations are once again relying on tests to assess possible hirees and even their own top managements. ...

July 9, 2018
San Diego third best recreation city

San Diego is the third best recreation city among the top 100, according to a study by WalletHub, which regularly reports on cities and metro areas. San Diego came out first in bike rental facilities ...

July 4, 2018
Edison, SDG&E, lies, and double dealing

In the summer of 1987, San Diego Gas & Electric sent its employees a document declaring that its board “has an obligation and responsibility to serve the best interests of its shareholders while maintaining reliability ...

July 3, 2018
San Diegan peddles synthetic cannabinoids

San Diegan Jonathan Riendeau and Floridian Jade Plante were arrested June 27 for selling synthetic cannabinoids over the internet, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where the case ...

July 2, 2018

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