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Dr. Lizerbram heading prestigious Jewish fund

FPA disaster goes unmentioned

Dr. Sol Lizerbram this fall takes over as president of the Jewish National Fund — the first person west of the Mississippi River to attain that post. The fund raises money to help Israel. He ...

So, Monster won't be coming for Starship Snacks?

Lisa Bershan and Barry B. Schwartz charged with fraud

Two San Diegans, Lisa Bershan and Barry B. Schwartz, have been charged with a stock fraud that can only be called outrageous. On Wednesday (October 11) in federal court in the Southern District of New ...

Doctors accused of heavy fondling and drunk driving

State medical board puts scopes on Drs. Fajerman and Rhoten

The Medical Board of California last month filed accusations against two county physicians. Three female patients stated that Dr. Leon Fajerman, a psychiatrist, physically forced himself on them in attempts to get sexual gratification. One ...

Don’t expect Florida and Caribbean tourists to flock west

We have earthquakes and fires

Can San Diego and other West Coast metro areas make money because of the hurricane-prone eastern U.S. and the Caribbean? Florida and Caribbean islands are tourist havens. Now some of those areas lie in ruins ...

U-T print circulation continues downward spiral

Paper has lost over 20,000 readers annually for several years

The average daily print circulation of the Union-Tribune took another major fall this year. According to the annual numbers that publications must file every year with the U.S. Postal Service, the U-T's average daily paid ...

Local lawyers disciplined by State Bar

One shoots a taser, another injures spouse

Seven county lawyers have been disciplined by the California State Bar, according to the October issue of the California Lawyer Magazine. Kevin Matthew Kirby of San Diego was arrested after he fired a taser at ...

Rumor: NFL wants Chargers to return to San Diego

Team lost to Eagles yesterday

Green Philadelphia Eagles fans jerseys outnumbered Chargers fans' regalia yesterday (October 1) at the Chargers' new L.A. home. Eagles fans loudly disrupted Chargers signals and cheered the Eagles while booing the Chargers. The Chargers lost ...

Securities commission circles back on Jason Huntley

Ordered to pay $100K three years ago...$98,700 balance due

In 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission told San Diegan Jason Huntley to pay $100,000 for his securities violations. Among other things, he had failed to tell clients that he had received $2 million for ...

Doctor allegedly fell down twice during surgery

UCSD medical employees warned to report impairments of coworkers

Employees at Jacobs Medical Center at the University of California San Diego this week received a memo saying that if they see or detect anyone who is impaired, they should report the incident immediately to ...

San Diego the next recession engine?

Federal data show startling downward revisions

"San Diego may once again be leading the rest of the state and nation into recession, as we did ten years ago," says Kelly Cunnngham, economist at National University System. The federal Bureau of Economic ...

Radio’s Ray Lucia taking his case to Supreme Court

Buckets of Money strategist leaves home near Rancho Santa Fe

A San Diegan is very likely to go to the Supreme Court next year. He is Ray Lucia Sr., who has a syndicated investment-advice show on radio and a smaller presence on TV. In his ...

Trump says NFL too worried about players' safety

"Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!"

Donald Trump, playing to his base in an Alabama speech Friday and in a series of tweets, slammed NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem. The president said the league is losing TV ...

Now, baby boomers will follow Daniel Yankelovich

Pioneer opinion researcher dies in La Jolla at 92

Daniel Yankelovich, the groundbreaking opinion pollster who retired to La Jolla but continued working, died Friday morning (September 22) at 92. The New York Times said that he not only tracked people's car and toothpaste ...

Peter Navarro pushed aside at White House, says Politico

"With Bannon gone, they look at their watch when he talks."

As President Trump's chief of staff John Kelly has imposed discipline on the White House, former San Diegan Peter Navarro is losing his power, says an article in Politico dated Monday, September 18. "Navarro has ...

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 ...

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