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Stories by Don Bauder

Chargers', Rams' weak attendance Sunday

Is L.A. not a pro football town?

More publications are wondering if Los Angeles will be a good home for two pro football teams after the Chargers (San Diego transplants this year) and Rams (St. Louis transplants last year) had poor attendance ...

Bridgepoint stock taking hit

Value has dropped nearly 60 percent since July

Stock of controversial for-profit education company Bridgepoint Education has been taking a big hit in the past couple of months. On July 7, it was selling for $14.07; today (September 18) it closed at $8.85, ...

County unemployment rate flatlines

Unchanged from July, but 3200 non-farm jobs gained

The county unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, unchanged from a revised 4.7 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent from a year ago. The county added 3200 jobs in the month and ...

Prebys foundation files to dismiss lawsuit

Conrad's "life partner" Debra Turner sued to oust trustee and board

The battle over Conrad Prebys's estate is getting more bitter this week as the trustee and boardmembers of the Conrad Prebys Foundation asked a Superior Court judge to toss out a suit by Debra Turner, ...

Disgruntled fan pays for NFL-bashing billboard

Joseph MacRae reportedly heckled Chargers owner Spanos in L.A.

Bitter Chargers fan Joseph MacRae has raised $10,000 to erect anti-NFL digital billboards near the team's new temporary home at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, according to ESPN.com and KSWB-TV. He will post five biting ...

Emotionally distressed biker sues city

Cop saw five rings as brass knuckles

On Monday (September 11), biker Arvaunti Victoria filed suit against the City of San Diego and certain police employees, claiming his civil rights were violated in an incident that happened a year ago. He charges ...

Rip down Qualcomm and build new stadium?

Stupidity squared

San Diegans vote next year on the plans of FS Investors to tear down Qualcomm Stadium, erect a soccer stadium, and build residential and commercial structures on the site. Before the vote, propaganda will fill ...

Yes, that Harrington has been charged

Financial whiz of local airwaves allegedly took client cash, falsified docs

Investigators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (better known as FINRA) have charged Michael Patrick Harrington of San Diego's Harrington Capital Management and a Bridgehampton, New York, brokerage with taking $20,000 without authorization from a ...

Feds get J. Douglass Jennings Jr. to confess

Bankrupt, disbarred attorney admits to tax evasion and fraud

J. Douglass Jennings Jr., a tax planner who went bankrupt and was disbarred, but continued practicing as an accountant, today (September 11) pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and and tax evasion. Jennings, a resident of ...

Senate bill sneak

Passage could mean more coal-fired power for California

The state senate on Friday (September 9) amended a bill that could cramp California's plans for clean energy, say critics. The bill would set up a regional independent system operator to replace the current California ...

San Diego no place for greedy home-sellers

Markets in other West Coast cities more profitable

Home-sellers in West Coast cities are getting the highest return on their investment in the nation, according to Zillow.com. However, San Diego lags the other big cities on the West Coast. Oakland is first, for ...

Up to 30 deputy city attorneys terminated

One (Bruce Henderson) complains of age, sex, and race discrimination

Thirty deputy city attorneys were terminated August 31, although some were apparently hired back. Bruce Henderson, one of those separated, believes his firing "was the result of discrimination against me based on my age (74), ...

Stadium spending zooms to new record

But private spending outgaining public outlays

Since 2012, inflation-adjusted spending on sports stadiums and arenas has shot up 80 percent, according to an August 31 study by the Economics Group of Wells Fargo Securities. In June, the inflation-adjusted value of stadium ...

Local lawyers disciplined, disbarred

One case: misappropriation of $1.27 million by Del Mar attorney

According to the September issue of the Cal Bar Journal, the State Bar of California has come down hard on some local attorneys. Earl N. Feldman, an estate-planning lawyer in Del Mar, has been disbarred. ...

State wants $2615 from Barry Minkow

But imprisoned ex-minister owes $612 million for his sins

San Diego's most famous (or infamous) man of the cloth owes the state $2615, according to a report from the Franchise Tax Board. His address is listed as 1 Federal Way in Atwater, California. That ...

Councilwoman Zapf dodges financial hardship

Husband's Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharged following real estate deal

Eric Zapf, husband of councilwoman Lorie Zapf, has been discharged from a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy he filed in May of this year. In 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal found that Eric Zapf ...

Agreement to move nuclear waste from San Onofre

But potential for "mobile Chernobyl" may forestall Edison from acting

Southern California Edison today (August 28) agreed to move 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste that it had planned to bury 100 feet from the ocean at the now-shuttered San Onofre site in North County. ...

Judgment day for bilked pro athletes

Financial advisor Aaron Parthemer accepts securities commission ruling

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week wrapped up the case against Aaron Parthemer, a Florida resident who sold more than $5 million worth of unregistered and illiquid investments in a San Diego company, Global ...

Southern California home prices barely above bubble peak

SD home value increase since 2007 meh

San Diego metro home prices are now above their median home values when prices peaked roughly a decade ago — $550,900 today and $543,600 when the bubble burst in 2007 — a gain of 1.3 ...

She claims to be matchmaker for the rich

But she wouldn’t qualify — she is poor

Rancho Santa Fe’s Irene Valenti runs Valenti International, a matchmaking and relationship counseling service that claims it puts together “educated, cultured, successful men and women with a strong desire for a relationship”…that is, she puts ...

Chicago bosses clean out top editors at LA Times

Sudden move likely to affect Union-Tribune

Top editors of the Los Angeles Times were suddenly sacked by tronc, the Chicago-based company that owns the Times, this afternoon (Aug. 21). A memo announcing the personnel changes from tronc CEO Justin Dearborn was ...

Cohn Restaurant Group sued over text message

Lawyers find loophole in telecommunications consent law

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was well-meaning legislation, attempting to protect consumers from unwanted telephone solicitation. But it appears that some lawyers are abusing the act to shake down businesses for settlements. This ...

Doctors disciplined by state medical board

Psychotherapy ordered to help spouse-abuser and pill-popper

San Diego area physicians have received discipline from the Medical Board of California. Jeffrey Douglas Lovin of Del Mar has been placed on probation for five years. In August of 2009 in California, Lovin was ...

U.S. Navy fraud case involving Fat Leonard snares captain

Jesus Vasquez Cantu admits to trading information for prostitutes

United States Navy captain Jesus Vasquez Cantu admitted in federal court yesterday (August 18) that he accepted bribes, including the services of multiple prostitutes, to pass critical information to Leonard Glenn Francis (aka Fat Leonard) ...

SD County unemployment higher than in the U.S.

For the first time since November of 2015

San Diego County's unemployment rate in July was higher than the United States rate for the first time since November of 2015, according to Emerson Figueroa of the California Employment Development Department. San Diego County's ...

Prevost ducks trial by Bar court

She is recommended for disbarment

Mary Frances Prevost, who bills herself as "California's Top Criminal & DUI Attorney," has been recommended for disbarment by the State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel. As of July 31, she is ineligible to ...

Kasowitz flack cut his teeth in San Diego

Trump lawyer’s tendrils traced back to our burgh

Last month, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, got an anonymous email advising him, “Resign Now,” according to ProPublica. Kasowitz shot back by email, “You are f––king with me…Watch your back, bitch…You piece of s––t.” ...

Big theft from Workforce Partnership

Former facilities manager embezzled $450,000

Jared Palmer, former facilities manager for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, pleaded guilty yesterday (August 3) to embezzling more than $450,000 from the organization that provides job training and placement to county residents. As facilities ...

Schooler brothers' sister disbarred for mishandling family estate

School for scandal

The late Louis Schooler and his brother John Schooler took a lot of investors to the cleaners, as the Reader has been reporting for seven years. Now their sister is in trouble: Jane L. Schooler ...

Carlsbad man claimed his mines were worth $30 billion

But they weren't worth anything, says SEC

Long before Mark Twain defined a gold mine as a hole in the ground with a liar on the top, slippery salesmen have tried to peddle highly inflated mining claims to naive investors. On Friday ...

Hidden costs of SD homes are nation's third highest

Taxes, yard work, air conditioning expenses add up

Hidden yearly costs of home ownership in San Diego County are the third highest among the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, according to Zillow. These hidden costs include overlooked expenses such as ...

He said he could send money from a cellphone

Securities commission charges him with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday (July 25) charged San Diegan John Anthony Giunti with perpetrating a securities fraud. Giunti claimed he had developed an application that could send money from a cellphone. He ...

Dental board opens investigation of La Jolla firm

Osmolinski couple still under Pennsylvania suspension

The Dental Board of California confirmed yesterday that it has opened an investigation of La Jolla Family Dentistry. The two top executives of the dental office, Dr. Eric Osmolinski and Dr. Jana Osmolinski, a married ...

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 ...

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