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FTC: Tangled web of Vista companies cheats consumers

Scheme is called "negative option marketing"

The Federal Trade Commission on March 23 charged in federal court that an intertwined group of Vista-based companies are hoodwinking consumers through an allegedly deceptive technique called negative option marketing. The defendants are AAFE Products, ...

De La Fuente runs for NYC mayoral seat

His "first problem is that he does not live here," said the Times.

San Diego real estate developer Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente is running for mayor of New York City, according to a March 23 article in the New York Times. In 2015, the Reader reported that ...

County unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

Of jobs jump of 6600 in February, government added 4200

San Diego County's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in February, down from a revised 4.5 percent in January, according to the state's Employment Development Department. The county did much better than the state (5.2 percent) ...

Fat City is elsewhere

Survey claims San Diego among cities with least amount of obese people

Residents of the San Diego metro area are among the least obese persons in the country, according to a study by WalletHub, a statistical aggregator. In a list of metro areas with the most corpulent ...

Bridgepoint VP goes to work for DeVos

Signs on with cronies at Department of Education

In March of 2011, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions did a special investigative study of San Diego's for-profit Bridgepoint Education. Many shocking facts surfaced: Bridgepoint spent nearly 30 percent ...

Qualcomm sued for not being competitive enough

Electronics owner not happy with alleged inflated prices

A putative class action lawsuit filed on March 16 in federal court charges that Qualcomm has an unlawful monopoly in baseband processors (also called modem chipsets). David Kreuzer, a resident of Illinois, owns an Apple ...

Manchester was warned not to build in Austin

Hoteliers now say they need more convention-center space

As the Reader has been saying for years, convention centers are vastly overbuilt in the U.S. As a result, the centers have to slash prices, and lose money, to attract business. But expansions go ahead ...

Husband and wife cheated workers' compensation

Indicted for hiding the existence of 800 hotel workers

Hyok "Steven" Kwon and his wife, Woo Hui "Stephanie" Kwon, were sentenced to prison yesterday (March 15) for concocting and carrying out a complicated scheme to avoid paying workers' compensation insurance premiums and employment taxes ...

The trade war that could wallop San Diego

Mexico: 92 percent of exports, 80 percent of imports

The law of unintended consequences warns individuals, governments, and corporations that any action may backfire. The possibility of a trade war with Mexico is a classic example: the consequences could be brutal, especially for San ...

Fat Leonard to take down the entire Navy?

Retired admiral and eight others latest charged in Singapore scandal

Retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless and eight other naval officers were charged today (March 14) in the scandal involving Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia. The Navy brass received sex parties with prostitutes, ...

Two smugglers sentenced to prison

Ten years for drugs, eight years for the one who crashed and killed

Two border smugglers were sentenced to prison yesterday (March 13) for different crimes. Eduardo Peña, top dog in a Mexican pharmaceutical operation, was sentenced to 121 months in prison for distributing 55,813 tablets of the ...

Couple accused of conning investors

Michael Osborn, already in prison, charged with another scam

This is a story about Michael Osborn, who has a number of aliases, including Michael Osborn Ison, Jerry Lambert, Michael Lamont, and Tom Furlong. Osborn has spent much time in San Diego, formerly having offices ...

47,340 oxycodone tablets seized at border

American from TJ caught with opiates worth $1.42 million

Adriana Morfin-Paniagua, an American citizen living in Tijuana, was arrested yesterday (March 8) and charged with importing 47,340 tablets of oxycodone, an opioid, worth at least $1.42 million. They have an illegal street value of ...

Could Major League Soccer kick the city where it counts?

Hard to get more than 10,000 San Diegans per game

Fútbol? Football? Everybody chatters about the so-called plan for a soccer/football stadium and surrounding development in Mission Valley. Will taxpayers get fleeced? Why does San Diego State seem so queasy? Should we preserve Qualcomm Stadium ...

Suspended by state Bar but still top lawyer?

Kerry Steigerwalt was on probation for two years

A news release sent March 1 states that San Diego lawyer Kerry Steigerwalt has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in America by the National Trial Lawyers. The release says that Steigerwalt ...

County loses jobs, unemployment rises

Up only half a percentage point, but that's 19,000 people

San Diego County's unemployment rate in January was 4.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in December. The county lost 19,000 jobs in the month. Retail lost 6500 jobs, as people working in the holiday season ...

Notorious mail scamster takes to the internet

David Bendah now peddles old comic books

David Bendah, who for more than three decades has cooked up mail scams, is now using the internet. In a program called "Money Insanity," peddled by a company named Global Dynamics, he says you can ...

North County has less heroin today

Forty-six gang members rounded up

Federal indictments unsealed yesterday (March 1) charge 55 drug dealers and gang members with crimes including money-laundering, robberies, vehicle thefts, burglaries, assaults, and trafficking in heroin, methamphetamine, and firearms. The gang members operated in North ...

Biotech rocket ride

La Jolla Pharmaceutical stock soars 76.75 percent

Stock of biotech La Jolla Pharmaceutical today (February 27) soared a rollicking 76.75 percent to $35.12. The company got excellent results in tests for a treatment for catecholamine-resistant hypotension, a life-threatening condition featuring inadequate blood ...

Former Chargers doctor gets probation

David Chao supplied Junior Seau with Ambien, known to worsen depression

The Medical Board of California has given Dr. David Jee Wei Chao, former Chargers physician, four years of probation. In April of last year, the board accused the doctor of repeated negligent acts, unprofessional conduct, ...

Diamondbacks haul out league commissioner scam

Similar to the one attempted by the Chargers/NFL

Remember in the early part of the century when the Chargers brought out the National Football League commissioner to blackmail San Diego taxpayers into paying for a new stadium? The commissioner declared that San Diego ...

Dalai Lama causes a stir at UCSD

Chinese students don't want him as commencement speaker

According to the publication Inside Higher Ed, Chinese students at the University of California/San Diego are complaining that the university is having the Dalai Lama as this year's commencement speaker. Lhamo Dondrub (the Dalai Lama) ...

Kindergarten teacher charged with bank, wire fraud

International scam allegedly run from address off El Cajon Boulevard

San Diegan Cristina Montijo has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. She was originally charged in the Southern District of New York, but the case has been moved to federal ...

San Diego mortgage bite remains mighty

At 35.6% of income, it's a bit better than renters' 42%

Despite the staggering rise in San Diego home prices (the median is more than $500,000), the percentage of your income going to your mortgage is only a little bit higher than it was in the ...

In the Navy...you can get $1800 steaks...in the Navy...

Commander Mario Herrera goes down in Fat Leonard scandal

U.S.Navy commander Mario Herrera was charged in a complaint unsealed today (February 16) with accepting romps with prostitutes, luxury travel, and elaborate dinners featuring $1800 steaks from foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis — aka ...

Union-Tribune lays off journalists

Seven on editorial staff lose jobs; hinted that more face same fate

Jeff Light, vice president and editor of the Union-Tribune, today (February 14) revealed that there will be seven layoffs on the editorial staff of the newspaper. His message reads, "All--Today, we're reducing our newsroom by ...

Movie thief can't be found

Aargh: Cell pirate eluded lawyer and lawsuit

Last summer, a movie named Cell came out. In the plot, users of cell phones were reprogrammed into mad killers. Critics sneered. The movie was not a big hit. The producer, Cell Film Holdings, sued ...

Discrimination at House of Pacific Relations?

House of Lebanon claims it is victim of prejudice

The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages in Balboa Park says it is a "near utopian multicultural organization" that was launched in the 1930s "to create a spirit of understanding, tolerance, and goodwill" among various ...

Alleged Oceanside gang members indicted

Tiny Dum, Lil' Burger, Baby West, among those caught in justice system

Eleven alleged members and associates of Oceanside's Westside Crips gang were indicted today (February 10) for racketeering, conspiracy involving drug trafficking, prostitution, and other crimes. "[T]he manager of two national brand hotels in Oceanside" was ...

Butane supplier linked to hash-oil industry

Los Angeleno will pay $1 million and be sentenced in April

Bosco Kwon, owner of BK Power Imports of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in San Diego today (February 9) to selling drug paraphernalia. Kwon admitted that his company sold thousands of butane canisters to smoke shops, ...

La Jollans complain about airport noise

An issue historically griped by Point Lomans

La Jolla residents are the latest to complain about jetliner noise from the airport. However, their formal complaint to the La Jolla Town Council tonight (February 9) has been removed from the agenda because the ...

Trump/Navarro saber-rattling has already shaken up China

Will Peter Navarro launch?

In San Diego County from 1992 through 2001, Peter Navarro ran unsuccessfully for mayor, county supervisor, city council, and Congress. Then he became an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. Now he is ...

Doug Manchester to be Bahama Papa for U.S.?

Former U-T owner said to be in running for ambassadorship

The BahamasPress.com is an online news operation in the Bahamas. On December 27, it reported, "Lyford Cay resident Papa Doug Manchester is being tipped as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas under a Trump ...

Trump cabinet nominee's local ties to Mafia

Rancho Peñasquitos developer was partner with Andew Puzder's boss

Morris "Mo" Shenker, a St. Louis-based hoodlum lawyer and casino owner, has been in the news lately even though he died in 1983. He was featured in a front-page story in the New York Times ...

Local insurance scam ring brought down

Group filed false insurance claims

Nine individuals have been charged with 34 felony crimes for filing false insurance claims. The ring was brought down by the district attorney's office and the California Department of Insurance, in a two-year dragnet called ...

It's a felony, but is it moral turpitude?

Local lawyer suspended — youth pornography

David Dale Lamb has been suspended by the State Bar of California, according to the February edition of California Lawyer and state bar records. Lamb, a public defender, has been convicted of possessing child pornography ...

Perfectly good fishing boat sabotaged

Owners admit trying to sink it for insurance money

Christopher Switzer and Mark Gillette on October 11 took their charter sport-fishing vessel, a 57-foot craft named the Commander, to sea from Mission Bay. They later made an emergency call to the Coast Guard, saying ...

Feeling the sunshine tax squeeze

Study says childless single adult has to make almost $28,000

According to the federal government, 13.8 percent of San Diego County residents are living in poverty. But according to a study released today (January 31) by the Center on Policy Initiatives, that federal figure is ...

Trump goes swamp fishing

Wall Street guy to help president on international economic affairs

Kenneth Juster, a partner and managing director of Wall Street's Warburg Pincus, has been named deputy assistant to the president for international economic affairs. He has resigned as a boardmember of San Diego's troubled Bridgepoint ...

Trump goes to trade war with Mexico

President wants 20% tax on imports — stock market unruffled

President Donald Trump wants a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, according to his press secretary, Sean Spicer, speaking today (January 26). The charge could bring in $10 billion a year and pay for ...

Drought is over (says local water authority)

Scientists cast doubt on that assertion

The San Diego County Water Authority's board of directors today (January 26) declared that the drought is over. The board urged governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board to rescind statewide emergency ...

The Bank of Internet had a good year

But Seeking Alpha ties it to Barry Minkow and Galanis family

People wanting stocks to go up are called “longs.” People wanting stocks — or a particular stock — to go down are called “shorts.” Shorts borrow a stock, sell it, and hope to make a ...

14-year-old threatened into having sex

Dylan Wayne Cawdrey gets 46 months for preying on girl

Dylan Wayne Cawdrey, 23, was sentenced January 23 to 46 months in prison for getting a 14-year-old girl to have sex with him by threatening to do harm to those in her family. He had ...

Qualcomm accused of illegal scheme

Apple sues company over patent loyalties

Apple has sued Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the market for chips for wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities, according to Bloomberg News. "Apple is demanding ...

NFL supposedly upset with Chargers' move

Spanos has "lost the backing of his fellow owners."

ESPN.com is reporting that "pretty much everyone in the [National Football League] hates the idea of the Chargers in L.A." The league office is said to be "beside itself" over the move and, says ESPN, ...

County labor report

Unemployment dips, but 900 non-farm jobs lost

San Diego County's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in December, down from a revised 4.3 percent in November, and less than the state's 5 percent and nation's 4.5 percent during the same period, according to ...

Ex-Marine hid camera to ogle naked women

Two years' probation for video voyeurism at MCAS Miramar

Former Marine Kory Nathan Brower, after pleading guilty to video voyeurism, was sentenced yesterday (January 19) to two years of probation. Brower admitted that between July and November of 2015, he placed a video recording ...

Case of the secretly freed mink

"Reign of terror over those in the fur industry."

Animal rights activist Nicole Kissane was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today (January 17) for participating in a cross-country spree freeing mink from fur farms. Her fellow activist, Joseph Buddenberg, was sentenced to ...

Today the saddest day ever for Chargers fans

Team owner Spanos declares they're heading north

San Diego Chargers chairman Dean Spanos made it official this morning: the team is moving to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. Spanos met with employees this morning. Spanos handed out a statement: "After much ...

Chargers get an extra 48 hours

Spanos won't need to make L.A. decision until January 17

The Chargers today (January 11) got a two-day extension to decide whether or not they will move to Los Angeles. The cutoff date was January 15, but owners, meeting in New York, decided that since ...

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