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Stories by Don Bauder

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
Doctor reprimanded for not reporting girl’s woes

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 ...

June 29, 2018
Roque De La Fuente running for U.S. Senate

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: ...

June 28, 2018
County neurosurgeon Lokesh Tantuwaya

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

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 ...

June 21, 2018
Appellate court tells CPUC to hand over documents

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 ...

June 20, 2018
Who would trust Alex Hern?

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 ...

June 20, 2018
Engineer falls to death at Qualcomm

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 ...

June 19, 2018
Disbarred attorney Prevost raising funds

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 ...

June 19, 2018
Mickelson melts down at U.S. Open

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 ...

June 18, 2018
May unemployment stays at 2.9 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 ...

June 15, 2018
Qualcomm secretly contacted U.S. government

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 ...

June 11, 2018
Birth rates fall most where home prices rise fastest

“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 ...

June 6, 2018
Spanos family could be worth almost $5 billion

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 ...

June 6, 2018
Cannabis church sues city of San Diego

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 ...

June 4, 2018
Rincon-related mobster DiFronzo dies

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 ...

June 1, 2018
President pardons San Diegan D’Souza

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 ...

May 31, 2018
No Angel

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 ...

May 22, 2018
Despite Jack in the Box's hypnotic tacos

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 ...

May 22, 2018
Knife-wielding attorney threatens spouse

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 ...

May 21, 2018
County unemployment dips below 3 percent

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 ...

May 18, 2018
Reality TV show plans to mine gold in Nome

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 ...

May 18, 2018
Carlsbad resident James Panther Jr. charged in stock fraud

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 ...

May 17, 2018
Chargettes urged to be sexy

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 ...

May 14, 2018
858 S.D. County educators collect pensions of $100,000+

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. ...

May 9, 2018
Ex-Merrill Lynch broker booted from business

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 ...

May 7, 2018
Mike Schaefer, 80, running for office again

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. ...

May 3, 2018
BofI Federal has ties to Jared Kushner

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 ...

May 1, 2018
Padres pitcher will be tried July 2

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 ...

April 30, 2018
Megafloods coming? Scientists uneasy.

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 ...

April 30, 2018
Times zooms in on San Diego in utility fight

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 ...

April 30, 2018
Biotech Acadia stock getting wild ride

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 ...

April 27, 2018
Innovus: twenty-eight drugs in five years

“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 ...

April 25, 2018
Bruce Henderson sues City over his firing

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 ...

April 23, 2018
County unemployment rate drops in March

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 ...

April 20, 2018
Ailing Qualcomm to undergo big layoff

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. ...

April 18, 2018
The juicy Trump-Cohen-Russia story

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 ...

April 17, 2018
CalPERS buys boatload of Bridgepoint stock

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 ...

April 16, 2018
Papa Doug won’t get Bahamas job

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 ...

April 13, 2018
Trump's hefty military budget

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 ...

April 11, 2018
Lawyer Michael Cohen raided by FBI

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. ...

April 10, 2018
Tony Robbins attacked #MeToo at lecture

Tony Robbins, the self-help guru and life philosopher, has gotten a lesson on life. It recently came out that in a San Jose seminar last month, he had scolded women for the #MeToo movement. A ...

April 9, 2018
Douglass Jennings, disbarred tax lawyer, gets 34 months

In the packed federal courtroom of Judge Gonzalo Curiel yesterday (April 5), attorney John Douglass Jennings Jr. was sentenced to 34 months in prison, while his wife Peggy, who worked in real estate, got four ...

Bridgepoint slammed over veterans

In 2011, now-retired United States Senator Tom Harkin called San Diego’s controversial for-profit Bridgepoint Education “an absolute scam.” This month, two senators have whacked the company’s major operation, Ashford University, with similar — but more ...

March 30, 2018
Industrial vacancies lowest ever for San Diego

It appears that San Diegans go to craft brewers located in industrial parks, put on weight, then go to to a fitness centers in industrial parks to shed that excess blubber. These are two reasons ...

March 23, 2018
February unemployment drops to 3.5 percent

The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 3.5 percent in February from a revised 3.6 percent in January, according to the March 23 California Employment Development Department report. The county gained 5300 jobs ...

March 23, 2018
Barry Minkow movie is finally out

In February, 2015 I wrote that Bruce Caulk, a part-time La Jolla resident, had a problem: as a movie producer/director, he had invested a bundle in a redemption movie about San Diegan Barry Minkow, who ...

March 22, 2018
Ride the warhorse out of the morass

A warhorse carries embattled soldiers out of a morass. In opera, a warhorse is a popular work performed so often it has become hackneyed — in snobs’ eyes, anyway. San Diego Opera, which almost died ...

March 21, 2018

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