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Stories by Don Bauder

County unemployment rate rises sharply

But jobs only drop by 800

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 ...

Investor-owned utilities with sky-high rates

Want to pass even more costs to ratepayers

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 ...

Convention Center expansion absurd

Soak the taxpayer

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

Rancho Santa Fe gets a roast

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?

“Kinks” in the city attorney’s office

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 ...

For pennies, you got stake in marijuana company

Except it had no way to produce product

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 ...

Testing surges again at corporations

USD prof explains new thinking in Atlantic

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. ...

San Diego third best recreation city

But among worst in cost of movies

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 ...

Edison, SDG&E, lies, and double dealing

A marriage between the falsehearted and the fraudulent

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 ...

San Diegan peddles synthetic cannabinoids

Jonathan Riendeau charged in New York

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 ...

Doctor reprimanded for not reporting girl’s woes

To Child Protective Services

The Medical Board of California has given a public reprimand to Diane Darlene Wong, M.D. for not reporting a girl’s genital problems to Child Protective Services. Dr. Wong treated a girl, born in 2003, for ...

Roque De La Fuente running for U.S. Senate

In six states — this time as a Republican

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, who has owned car dealerships and currency exchanges in San Diego County, and now concentrates on real estate, is running for the United States Senate in six states this year: ...

County neurosurgeon Lokesh Tantuwaya

Indicted for taking $3.2 million in kickbacks

The United States Attorney’s office in Santa Ana announced June 14 that several Southern California doctors have been indicted for taking kickbacks in a scheme centered around Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. Thousand of patients ...

Radio’s Ray Lucia wins at Supreme Court

High court rebukes SEC decision

Ray Lucia, who gives investment advice in a nationally syndicated radio program, today (June 21) won his case at the Supreme Court. The high court split 7 to 2 in Lucia’s favor. It was not ...

Appellate court tells CPUC to hand over documents

Even some redacted portions must be restored

The California Court of Appeal in San Francisco today (June 19) ordered the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to turn over communications between it and the governor’s office as the the agency came up with ...

Who would trust Alex Hern?

San Diego venture capitalist plagued by lawsuits

Do fat cats do their homework when plunking a bundle of money into start-up tech companies? Wealthy investors are putting big bucks behind a Del Mar company, Tsunami VR, which plans to develop virtual reality ...

Engineer falls to death at Qualcomm

Suicide third since 2010

David Wu, a Qualcomm engineer, fell to his death from the sixth floor of Qualcomm’s AY building at its headquarters complex Sunday. The death was originally reported by Chinese media. Similar Qualcomm suicides took place ...

Disbarred attorney Prevost raising funds

To fight motel over dog’s death

Mary Frances Prevost, who billed herself as “California’s Top Criminal & DUI Attorney,” but was disbarred early this year, ls trying to raise money over gofundme.com so she can take legal action against Motel 6 ...

Mickelson melts down at U.S. Open

Hits moving ball, takes a 10 on a hole.

San Diego golfing legend Phil Mickelson today (June 16) shocked the golf world on the 13th green of the U.S. Open. A putt rolled past the hole and was going downhill. Mickelson jogged after the ...

May unemployment stays at 2.9 percent

Chula Vista among those above 3 percent

San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in May, the same as the revised number in April. California’s rate was 3.7 percent and the nation’s 3.6 percent during the period. Local leisure and hospitality ...

Qualcomm secretly contacted U.S. government

Thwarting takeover, according to suit

According to a suit filed June 8 in federal court, San Diego’s Qualcomm secretly contacted the federal government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States as a ploy to thwart the hostile takeover attempt ...

Birth rates fall most where home prices rise fastest

San Diego, Los. Angeles make the case

“Birth rates are dropping most in counties with the fastest-appreciating home values,” says Zillow.com. Reason: “Quickly rising home prices are likely contributing to couples deciding to hold off having kids — most want to be ...

Spanos family could be worth almost $5 billion

Fallout from Supreme Court decision

Will we see more Brandon Johnsons on college campuses, now that the Supreme Court in mid-May knocked down the 1992 federal ban on legal sports betting that had given Nevada a near monopoly on that ...

Cannabis church sues city of San Diego

Claims cops’ raid was illegal

On May 25, the Sacred Source Sanctuary sued the city of San Diego in federal court over the local police's February raid on the church, which describes itself as “an open faith church, whose members ...

Rincon-related mobster DiFronzo dies

Investigation led to Silberman money laundering

One-time reputed Chicago mob boss John “No Nose” DiFronzo died at 89 May 28, according to the Chicago Tribune. In 1992, a number of mobsters were indicted for conspiring to gain control of the Rincon ...

President pardons San Diegan D’Souza

He was “treated unfairly,” says Trump

President Donald Trump today (May 31) pardoned San Diegan Dinesh D’Souza, author and filmmaker, who pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2014. He was indicted that year for illegally using straw donors to ...

No Angel

Angel Stanz charged with securities fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday (May 21) charged San Diegan Aaron “Angel” Stanz and his company, Bud Genius, with securities fraud. The complaint was filed in federal court. Stanz and Bud Genius, a penny ...

Despite Jack in the Box's hypnotic tacos

Wall street says it can't run Mexican restaurants

Since its founding in San Diego in 1951, Jack in the Box has sold tacos. Indeed, the Jack taco has consistently been the chain’s most popular product, even though one customer tweeted that it was ...

Knife-wielding attorney threatens spouse

Bar suspends him for 90 days

On December 5, 2016, the San Diego County District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against personal injury attorney David Thaddeus Achord for, among several things, threatening his wife with a knife and resisting an officer ...

County unemployment dips below 3 percent

Services up 4500 jobs from March, construction 2000

County unemployment broke below 3 percent in April, coming in at 2.9 percent, down from a revised 3.2 percent in March. The April rate was down from 3.9 percent a year ago, and down from ...

Reality TV show plans to mine gold in Nome

But its San Diego principal hangs up on Bauder

You can go online and bring down all kinds of information on Rivers of Gold, a limited partnership which intends to mine for gold in Nome, Alaska and put on a reality TV show about ...

Carlsbad resident James Panther Jr. charged in stock fraud

Offshore havens include British Virgin Islands, Seychelles

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday (May 15) charged Carlsbad’s James P. Panther Jr. (also known as Jaime or James Suqui) and three accomplices with fraudulent sale of a penny stock, usiing offshore havens in ...

Chargettes urged to be sexy

Then slapped for not being wholesome

According to ESPN.com,the Chargers’ cheeerleaders of the late 1970s got double-crossed. Sidelined, a movie about the episode, was shown late last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The gist of the film is that the ...

858 S.D. County educators collect pensions of $100,000+

How much do you like your teachers?

Ten years ago, the world narrowly averted a financial disaster. It began with an explosion of low-quality mortgages bundled into putrid-quality financial paper that was awarded the highest-quality rating (AAA). Financial institutions began to collapse. ...

Ex-Merrill Lynch broker booted from business

He helped ex-Qualcomm exec stash bucks offshore

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday (May 3) that former Merrill Lynch broker Gary Yin has been permanently barred from the brokerage business. Yin helped a customer, Jing Wang, a former senior vice president ...

Mike Schaefer, 80, running for office again

This time, it is Board of Equalization

Mike Schaefer, who was on the city council for two terms, 1965-1971, is running for office again. The perennial candidate in San Diego, Los Angeles, Nevada and elsewhere, is running for the Board of Equalization. ...

BofI Federal has ties to Jared Kushner

The bank was under investigation until last year

San Diego-based BofI Federal, formerly known as Bank of the Internet, appears to have ties to Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, according to a study by ProPublica, the group chasing business and banking fraud. The ...

Padres pitcher will be tried July 2

Torres out on bond, on team restricted list

San Diego Padres left-hand reliever Jose Torres (aka Jose Marcos Torres Muro) is scheduled to be tried for criminal assault in Phoenix’s Maricopa County Superior Court July 2. He has a hearing June 18 before ...

Megafloods coming? Scientists uneasy.

Beware drought-to-deluge pattern

California megafloods come about once every 200 years, say some climate scientists. Another one may be due, says the publication Nature Climate Change, which predicts up to a 100 percent increase in extreme precipitation swings ...

Times zooms in on San Diego in utility fight

SDG&E bankrolls community choice opponents

The New York Times on Saturday (April 28) uses San Diego to cover the California battle over community choice aggregation, which would permit communities to choose their electricity provider. San Diego Gas & Electric, a ...

Biotech Acadia stock getting wild ride

Its one drug getting second-guessed

Stock of San Diego-based Acadia Pharmaceuticals enjoyed a bounceback today (Friday, April 27), riding up 7.67 percent to $16.28. On Wednesday, it had taken a 22 percent plunge after a report that the Food and ...

Innovus: twenty-eight drugs in five years

It's not all about sex

“I am very steady. I like to work slowly, but surely, to get to my goal.” Thus speaks Bassam Damaj, president and chief executive officer of San Diego’s Innovus Pharmaceuticals. The truth is just about ...

Bruce Henderson sues City over his firing

Says 30 attorneys fired without good cause

Bruce Henderson, former city council member, yesterday (April 20) filed suit against the City for his allegedly illegal firing. In September of last year, Henderson, then a deputy city attorney, filed a claim against the ...

County unemployment rate drops in March

We're a full percentage point lower than state’s

March unemployment for San Diego County dropped to 3.2 percent, a full percentage point lower than the overall state rate, according to the California Employment Development Department. The county gained 3300 nonfarm jobs in March ...

Ailing Qualcomm to undergo big layoff

A thousand could be let go

Qualcomm, which just recently was saved from a foreign takeover, began laying off employees today (April 18), according to media reports. Bloomberg, which appears to have broken the story, says the number could hit 1000. ...

The juicy Trump-Cohen-Russia story

Michael Cohen’s father and uncle hung around the Russian Mafiya in New York

The April 10 issue of Rolling Stone features an intriguing story, “A Brief History of Michael Cohen’s Criminal Ties” by Seth Hettena, who lives in San Diego with his wife and sons. The subtitle of ...

CalPERS buys boatload of Bridgepoint stock

Public employees boost holdings by 112.4 percent

The California Public Employeees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest pension fund, in last year’s fourth quarter boosted its stake in San Diego-based Bridgeport Education by 112.4 percent, according to the company’s most recent filing ...

Papa Doug won’t get Bahamas job

Local paper says he will be beaten out

Last February, the Washington Post reported that Douglas “Papa Doug” Manchester, real estate developer and former owner of the Union-Tribune, had an “unsettling management style,” according to a number of former female U-T employees, who ...

Trump's hefty military budget

...will boost San Diego's economy

No wonder San Diego is called a Navy town. Federal military spending in San Diego on uniformed and civilian payrolls, along with veterans, is almost entirely related to the Navy, and half of military contract ...

Lawyer Michael Cohen raided by FBI

It’s not San Diego lawyer Michael Cohen

As everyone knows by now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation today (April 9) raided the office of Michael Cohen, one of President Trump’s attorneys. The agency raided other locations where Cohen might keep his records. ...

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