Back to profile

Stories by Don Bauder

North County congressman Issa to retire

He faced a tough reelection and "barely survived the 2016 election”

Republican North County congressman Darrell Issa today (January 10) announced that he will be retiring from his post in the 49th District this fall. The publication Politico called Issa’s move “the latest sign of a ...

The KKK peaked in San Diego in the 1920s

But it was stronger in L.A.

Some San Diegans joined the Ku Klux Klan to better their careers.

Do you really aspire to live in Rancho Santa Fe?

Director and wife said they were told to leave

Timothy Chey, a Harvard business school grad, lawyer, and film producer, writer, and director of faith-based productions (David and Goliath, Suing the Devil) is suing the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, its executive director Christy Wilson, ...

Escondido accountant on probation

Caught insider trading, made over $27K, penalized over $50K

Donald Paul Jones, an Escondido accountant, has been put on probation for three years and suspended from practice for 45 days. The California Board of Accountancy announced the decision December 28 of last year. Jones ...

San Onofre 2050: Tide’s in, nukes out

Nuclear waste in the sand now will create a toxic ocean later

Edison’s greedy-risky radioactive waste burial plan at coast.

Fear of fire penalties belts Edison, PG&E stocks

But fireless Sempra steady as she goes

Fear of fire losses has belted stocks of Pacific Gas & Electric, vulnerable to penalties due to the Northern California fires, and Edison International, which could be hurt financially by the Southern California fires. Stock ...

Local unemployment keeps dropping

Plunged to 3.3 percent in November

San Diego County non-farm unemployment dropped to 3.3 percent in November from a revised 3.7 percent in October and 4.3 percent a year ago. The big gainer was retail employment, a seasonal phenomenon. Retail employment ...

San Diego's Merrill Lynch whacked

Securities commission identifies suspicious transactions, halts operations

The mammoth brokerage Merrill Lynch, a unit of Bank of America, was slapped yesterday (December 21) with several charges of money laundering by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm was given cease-and-desist orders by ...

Cop-whacked at an anti-Trump rally

Lawsuit comes a year after alleged police assault

Marco Amaral has filed suit in federal court, saying he was beaten up by San Diego cops when he shouted at four police officers thrashing a protester at an anti-Trump rally. Amaral filed the suit ...

Ace Parking sued for printing TMI on receipts

Plaintiff(s) says credit-card digits must be better protected

A putative class-action suit was filed against Ace Parking Management on December 1 in federal court. Joseph Samo, and potentially others, get Ace credit and debit card receipts that give too much information, "subjecting them ...

A crystal-ball view into San Diego’s 2018 economy

Tax bill will punish California, may hurt housing prices

Despite labor shortage, San Diego is due for a good 2018.

Not on board: Conrad Prebys's live-in lover

Debra Turner's step away from billionaire's foundation complicates lawsuit

The late real estate billionaire Conrad Prebys gave more than $300 million to San Diego nonprofits. Thus, the Prebys name is all over San Diego. Laurie Anne Victoria, his longtime second-in-command, was named trustee of ...

Call him Dr. Kickback

Radiologist Ronald Grusd guilty of $25 million fraud against federal government

Beverly Hills radiologist Ronald Grusd was convicted by a federal San Diego jury December 12th of paying kickbacks to get patient referrals from many clinics in San Diego and Imperial Counties. With the referrals, he ...

Edison's San Onofre panel ejects voice of reason

Company critic seems to impede effort to bury nuclear waste

Southern California Edison has a panel in San Juan Capistrano that is supposed to give balanced information on the controversial plan to bury nuclear waste near the ocean at the site of the shuttered San ...

College Spanish teachers sue for hostility and more

"Buy yourself new clothes, old man."

Three Spanish-language instructors at the San Diego Community College District filed suit Tuesday (December 12) against the institution and two faculty members for civil rights violations, retaliation, hostile work environment, and other alleged infractions. The ...

Navy contractor sued over big-money shell game

"He has hidden assets," says lawyer

Back in August, Alfredo Liburd, chief executive of San Diego–based defense contractor NevWest, pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting Navy port engineer John Nasshan, who improperly administered projects in which he had ...

Kill your boyfriend, go to jail

David Meza's pregnant girlfriend knew about Jake Merendino's murder

Twenty-seven-year-old David Enrique Meza of Imperial Beach was sentenced in federal court to life in prison today (December 11th). He had fatally stabbed and nearly decapitated Texas retiree Jake Clyde Merendino on May 2, 2015, ...

In search of state utilities commission's jugular...

Attorneys write legislature, ask for neutering of failed agency

San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson yesterday (December 7) wrote a letter to both houses of the state legislature, asking them to convene a joint select committee to investigate the California Public Utilities ...

Otay motherlode: pounds of heroin, coke, fentanyl...

American Sentri pass holder admits smuggling narcotics

Oscar Vasquez-Alamilla, a Spring Valley resident, pleaded guilty in federal court today (December 7th) to smuggling narcotics through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. He was using the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Response Inspection, ...

San Diego less vulnerable to, but not free of, fracking

We could see effects in food poisoning, earthquakes

Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, or horizontal shooting of water, sand, and chemicals into shale to bring up oil and gas. However, people complain of loud equipment, stealing of water, and widespread pollution through use of ...

Ready to pay for the Raiders' Vegas stadium?

Senate and House disagree on sports stadium subsidies

The Senate and House have passed their own versions of new tax legislation, and now they must reconcile their differences in a conference committee. Wisely, the House version eliminates federal bond subsidies for pro sports ...

Mass layoff or furlough? Union, NASSCO differ

Courts rule shipbuilder should have warned employees of job cuts

According to the website of the California Employment Development Department, employers should give a 60-day notice to employees and their representatives in advance of a "plant closing or mass layoff." The notices are in the ...

Qualcomm's takeover-thwarting strategy

Company wants NXP Semiconductors merger to help block Broadcom

In the fall of 2016, the boards of Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors agreed to merge the companies. It looked like a good deal all around: NXP is the biggest automotive chipmaker, providing diversification to Qualcomm, ...

Junior Theatre reformer sues city

Accuses city attorney's chief of staff Gerry Braun of cover-up

Matt Valenti, who has been battling San Diego Junior Theatre board over laxity in sex-with-minors incidents, filed suit in Superior Court this month to force the city to turn over documents he requested long ago. ...

"Reform by red tape" slowing H-1B sharply

Will Qualcomm be hamstrung by increased vetting of immigrant workers?

As H-1B reform bills, such as one sponsored by North County Representative Darrell Issa, work their way through Congress, the bureaucracy is slowing the process sharply. For years, foreign technical workers have gotten visas to ...

Shocker! CPUC unanimously thumbs down SDG&E

Local utility won't be able to pass on 2007 fire costs to ratepayers

After a battle that has gone on for a decade, the California Public Utilities Commission today (November 30) stunned observers by unanimously declaring that San Diego Gas & Electric cannot pass along to ratepayers $379 ...

Ouch: 40 percent spent on rent

San Diego homeowners also see higher mortgages

In this years's third quarter, San Diego County residents spent 42 percent of their income on rents, up from 34.7 percent in the 1985–2000 pre-bubble years, according to zillow.com. Nationwide, rents took up 29.1 percent ...

Car won from casino still undelivered

Woman claims she was taxed $134,000 for Aston Martin she never got

Merida Manipoun filed suit in federal court November 16, claiming that she won a $134,000 Aston Martin Vantage GT in a drawing at Viejas Casino. The contest was arranged so that those who plunked the ...

Accused of shooting up fentanyl on the job

Medical board says UCSD anesthesiologist had been to Betty Ford

Following up recent news of UCSD physician John Peter Serra pleading guilty to criminal charges, another staff doctor is in trouble. The Medical Board of California has filed an accusation against Bradley Glenn Hay, M.D., ...

If there’s a vote on the convention center...

Convention-center numbers crunch — taste bad, more filling

There is a new breeze blowing through the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Unfortunately, it smells much like the last one. Since 2009, I have been interviewing Heywood Sanders, the Texas-based university professor who is ...

Congresswoman claims a Filner groping (years ago)

Former San Diego mayor allegedly went in for a kiss

Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado congresswoman, told the Denver Post and MSNBC today (November 20) that former San Diego mayor Bob Filner tried to grope her in an elevator. Both were in Congress at the ...

Senator's bill to stave off utilities' rape of ratepayers?

SDG&E, Edison, PG&E still trying to recover fire costs

Ten years ago, fires swept San Diego County. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) and an investigative body of the California Public Utilities Commission agreed that San Diego Gas & Electric's ...

Report: Bridgepoint and Arizona colluded for GI Bill funds

"How can we help?" wrote an education-policy adviser of the governor

The Phoenix New Times, reporting on an investigation by the Chronicle of Higher Education, says that controversial for-profit education firm known as Bridgepoint Education colluded with officials in Arizona to get GI Bill funds that ...

County unemployment falls, jobs gain

Jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent

San Diego County unemployment fell to 3.7 percent in October from an adjusted 4.1 percent in September and 4.7 percent from a year ago. Non-farm jobs rose by 13,800 in the month. More than half ...

Cory Briggs sues Navy, Edison, SDG&E, Dept. of Defense

Lawyer attempts to halt "radioactive dump" near ocean at San Onofre

Environmental lawyer Cory Briggs, working for consumer protection group Public Watchdogs, today (November 16) filed suit against the United States Department of Defense, the Navy, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric over ...

UCSD doctor guilty of attempted criminal threats

John Peter Serra can no longer practice medicine, sentencing next week

Dr. John Peter Serra pleaded guilty October 18 to attempted making of criminal threats, according to the district attorney's office. He was tried in Superior Court by judge Polly Shamoon. According to a document attached ...

Qualcomm surely worth more than $70 a share

Broadcom offer passed up, investors may force company to settle for $80

San Diego-based telecom giant Qualcomm will not take the $70 per share offer of Broadcom Ltd., offered last week. However, large institutional investors may want Qualcomm to accept $80, according to TheStreet.com The total bid, ...

Disposal of nuclear waste: think Camp Pendleton

Each state should manage its own spent fuel, says study lauded by experts

Ray Lutz of Citizens' Oversight has published a new study suggesting that nuclear waste should possibly be disposed of locally, with each state responsible for its own spent fuel. Lutz says moving the waste long ...

Consumers tired of utilities’ carelessness and greed

Community Choice Energy programs gaining popularity

For a decade and a half, California’s investor-owned utilities — Sempra Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Edison International — have controlled their purported regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission. Legally, it should be ...

Dead dad's Social Security benefits bilked

$272,000 in the bank, but the kid is going to jail

Abel Jose Perez was sentenced yesterday (November 6) to a year and a day in prison for cashing in his father's Social Security benefits after he died. Perez raked in $271,925.60 after his father's death ...

Broadcom plots $100 billion bid for Qualcomm

Purchase would create third largest chipmaker

Broadcom, perhaps as early as Monday, is planning to make a $100 billion bid for San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has been having troubles and knock-down fights with its big customer, Apple, this year. Before rumors ...

Win a $25 Gift Card to
The Broken Yolk Cafe

Join our newsletter list

Each newsletter subscription means another chance to win!

Close