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Stories by Don Bauder

Industrial vacancies lowest ever for San Diego

This can drive up prices, lengthen leases

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 ...

February unemployment drops to 3.5 percent

County gains 11,500 nonfarm jobs

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 ...

Barry Minkow movie is finally out

But critics aren’t buying in

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 ...

Ride the warhorse out of the morass

San Diego Opera turns to time-tested titles

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 ...

Charles La Bella honored by trial lawyers

Got Moores free from charges in Padres bribing

San Diego attorney Charles “Chuck” La Bella has become a fellow of the American Colllege of Trial Lawyers, which only admits one percent of the total lawyer population in a state or province. According to ...

Bridgepoint splits company

One part will be non-profit

Bridgepoint Education, San Diego’s troubled and controversial for-profit education company, on March 13 said it will split into two parts — and one part will be non-profit. Bridgepoint’s Ashford University and University of the Rockies ...

San Diego, Chula Vista happy places to live

Detroit is the unhappiest city,

WalletHub, a statistical aggregating firm following economic and demographic trends, came out yesterday (March 12) with its list of the nation’s happiest cities. San Diego is 32nd out of 182 cities, and Chula Vista is ...

Trump blocks hostile Qualcomm takeover

In executive order, cites security concerns

President Trump issued an executive order late today (March 12) blocking the attempt by Broadcom Ltd. to take over San Diego’s Qualcomm in a proposed $117 billion hostile deal. Acting on a recommendation by the ...

Yanni got $102,000 for a classic Porsche

But English buyer says it is a clunker

Poway resident Philip Yanni is a software entrepreneur and a classic car enthusiast, who sat on the board of the Riverside International Automotive Museum until it closed in 2016. Over the Internet, he sold a ...

County loses 20,500 jobs in January

Unemployment rate rises, but still low

San Diego County lost 20,500 jobs in January, as the unemployment rate rose to 3.6 percent from 3.3 percent in December. However, the January rate compares with 4.6 percent for California and 4.5 percent for ...

Airbnb forcing you out?

If you buy a house in the beach area, what do you expect?

It must be the noise — not higher rents and home prices — that people feel most strongly about. I am referring to public indignation about short-term vacation-housing rentals — Airbnb and the like. People ...

Security panel deals blow to Qualcomm takeover

Broadcom's raid may be success if they win six seats on Q’s board

The federal government yesterday (March 4) appears to have dealt a serious blow to Broadcom’s attempt to take over Qualcomm by ordering the local chip-maker to delay its meeting scheduled for tomorrow (March 6). Singapore-based ...

Gunning for the sheriff

Dentist Robert Mansueto claims abuse of prosecutorial discretion

Robert Frank Mansueto, a Coronado Cays dentist who has been in trouble for his actions in dentistry, filed suit in federal court February 25 against county sheriff William Gore, claiming that Mansueto was wrongly charged ...

Mexican stole American's identity 37 years ago

The take: hundreds of thousands in payments and benefits

Tijuana’s Andres Avelino Anduaga pleaded guilty yesterday (March 1) to stealing the identity of an American citizen and collecting his Social Security benefits for 37 years. He admitted to illegally entering the country and stealing ...

Trump bump-restart reported for Peter Navarro

New title might be “assistant to the president for trade policy"

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, who was benched last year after arguing strenuously with President Trump’s more moderate economic advisors, is reported to be back in favor again. Media say he may get a ...

Titters over Chargers' Twitter numbers

USA Today site claims a major padding of followers since leaving SD

“The Chargers almost doubled Twitter followers since L.A. move, but 45 percent of total are now fake.” That’s the headliine in thebiglead, a sports site that is owned by USA Today. Ryan Phillips says that ...

Good weather, high cost of living make San Diego bad for pro sports

Metro area is economically so-so, at best

Once again, civic boosters are hoping San Diego will land another professional sports team. Big bucks are behind an attempt to rip down the former Qualcomm Stadium and make it home for a pro soccer ...

Radio and newspaper man and vultures

John Lynch in money troubles again

John Lynch, former chief executive officer of the Union-Tribune and previously a local radio executive, is in financial trouble again. He defaulted on his mortgage in December of 2016, and then woes cascaded in 2017 ...

Spike three: Tanya and Charles Brandes divorcing

Rancho Santa Fe money man and his wife both claim violence in marriage

The financial publication Fundfire notes in a February 16 article that onetime social darlings of San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe, Charles Brandes and his wife Tanya, are now divorcing; this was the third marriage ...

U-T's Washington Post whitewash

Clumsy timing of Doug Manchester apology for demeaning work environment

The Union-Tribune this weekend tried a trick that is not used so much these days: trying to cleanse a story in another publication before it has run. On Saturday (February 17), the U-T tried to ...

Excise tax to whack Scripps and Sharp

Hospitals' highest paid executives to feel the cut most

Effective the first of this year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act imposes a 21 percent excise tax on nonprofits that pay $1 million or more to their five highest-paid employees. The tax applies to ...

Workforce Partnership embezzler gets 30 months

“Great stealth and great planning” went into the scam, says judge

Jared Palmer, who embezzled more than $450,000 from the San Diego Workforce Partnership — with “great stealth, and great planning,” according to the judge — was sentenced February 12th to 30 months in prison and ...

Kratom crackdown

"Not just a plant — it’s an opioid,” says FDA commissioner

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration say compounds in the popular herbal drug kratom act like prescription-strength opioids. Kratom has been tied to 44 deaths, up from 36 reported in November. Kratom is “not ...

Rabobank banked millions in untraceable cash

Institution admitted deficiencies in anti-money-laundering program

Rabobank National Association, a subsidiary of a Netherlands bank, pleaded guilty in federal court February 7 to unlawfully impeding a U.S. examination of its California operations, including Calexico and Tecate branches. Rabobank admitted that its ...

Amazon’s bribery charade

San Diego taxpayers should be glad for the Amazon snub

San Diego County put forth four locations to get in on the Amazon bidding — the contest among 238 metro areas to become the huge retailer’s second headquarters, now called Amazon HQ2. Twenty metro areas ...

Tronc planning to sell L.A. Times and Union-Tribune

Billionaire L.A. doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong expected to cart off remains

The Chicago-based owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, tronc, is expected to announce it is selling the two Southern California properties, according to a report in the Washington Post. The buyer ...

Broadcom makes another Qualcomm offer

Deal adding $21 billion being considered by board

Broadcom this morning (February 5) boosted its bid for San Diego-based Qualcomm to almost $124 billion, including debt assumption, up from its initial $103 billion bid, which Qualcomm’s board rejected. Broadcom has headquarters in San ...

The ol' annual Super Bowl shakedown

Game is a marketing tool for stadium-hungry team owners as host city coughs up freebies

Today is the day economists identify as one of the major global scams: the Super Bowl. Last year, 106.7 million watched it, down from the record 114.4 million in 2015. Given that the Sunday-night, Monday-night, ...

Green-haired Black Mountain residents file lawsuit

Corroded copper plumbing the culprit

Fred Maas, a San Diegan known for sustainable communities and clean technologies, spearheaded the developmet of the 5100-acre Black Mountain Ranch, an upscale development east of Fairbanks Ranch. But two couples who live there have ...

Proposed settlement will cost SDG&E, Edison $873 million

Might the San Onofre nukes dispute be wrapped up?

In a settlement made late yesterday (January 30), Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, which jointly own almost 100 percent of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, agreed to not collect ...

SD City College instructors plan protest

Colleagues' lawsuit vs. administration strikes a chord

Instructors at San Diego City College will stage a protest Monday (January 29th) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Arts and Humanities Building, 1442-1494 C Street. They will be supporting a lawsuit filed December ...

Chaos at newly unionized L.A. Times

"Atmosphere of intense secrecy, distrust and anxiety” in the newsroom

On January 19th, newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times voted 248 to 44 to unionize. Now, national media are looking into newsroom fears: management is setting up a secret, non-union “shadow” news operation that ...

McMahon's XFL could put hurts on L.A. Chargers

No criminals allowed in reborn league

The XFL was a professional footballl league financed by NBC and the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). It lasted one year, 2001, because of poor TV ratings and attendance. Now it intends to ...

Would disbarred Bill Lerach dare practice law again?

He’s now a pension consultant for lawyer wife

San Diego’s most famous — and most infamous — attorney, Bill Lerach, is raising eyebrows again. Lerach, the onetime “King of Torts,” was known and widely hated for scaring the wits out of corporate executives ...

Remember the Wobblies

New film recalls brutalization of labor union in San Diego 100 years ago

Spellbinding orator and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs became a socialist while jailed in the late 19th Century. He went on to become a presidential candidate five times in the 20th Century — the last ...

Less farming, more drinking in San Diego County

Local unemployment rate, at 3.3 percent, bests state and nation

San Diego County lost 3000 nonfarm jobs in December, although the unemployment rate remained at a very low 3.3 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department. That 3.3 percent rate bettered the 4.2 percent ...

Sempra hasn’t paid corporate taxes since 2008

Don’t expect their "savings" to reduce your utility bills

Utility regulators are noting all around the country that since corporate tax rates have been lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent, utilities should pass on those savings to ratepayers. Don’t expect your San Diego ...

Forbes eyed SD for Amazon and got it wrong

Article made flawed case for The Retailer settling here

Preceding today's news that Amazon has narrowed down the list of potential cities for establishing a second headquarters — and San Diego is not among them — Forbes magazine had an astonishing item in its ...

Local tourism rose in year without Chargers

U-T admits that economists were right

The Union-Tribune admitted this morning (January 14) that those "pointy-headed, sissy" economists were right all along: the San Diego economy remained strong during the year that the Chargers were gone. From the mid-1990s to last ...

Ray Lucia goes to Washington

Supreme Court accepts case of embattled investor

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the complaint of San Diego radio host Ray Lucia, who was slapped by the Securities and Exchange Commission, lost his appeal to that body, and then lost at the ...

Porn thief in our midst?

Delaware company claims its films being stolen via BitTorrent

In San Diego federal court, Strike 3 Holdings is suing an unknown person who is allegedly stealing the company’s “adult” (realistically, porn) websites and DVDs. In this case, the plaintiff has the defendant’s internet provider ...

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