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Scam Diego Entries for January, 2011

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State Bar's Investigations of Aguirre End with No Charges

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The investigations of former City Attorney Mike Aguirre by the State Bar of California have been closed with the bar concluding that no further action is warranted. In such cases, the bar investigates complaints to see if there is a ...

Partnoy Says Politics Made a Mess of Financial Inquiry

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Frank Partnoy, law professor at the University of San Diego, says in an op-ed in today's (Jan. 30) New York Times that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report issued Thursday was a "confusing and contradictory mess, part rehash, part mishmash" ...

State Looking for Redevelopment Fraud. Suggestion: Grantville

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The state controller's office has announced that it is looking for fraud and malfeasance in redevelopment. Dr. Brian T. Peterson, who heads the Grantville Action Group, has a good suggestion: Grantville. In today's (Jan. 29) letter to the controller's office, ...

San Diego Lead Indicators Rise Sharply

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The lead indicators of the San Diego economy rose stoutly in December to 110.7, up from 110.2 in November. Stock prices, consumer confidence and the national economy moved in a favorable direction, and building permits, initial unemployment claims and help ...

Lachina Victims Win Judgments

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Investors with Richard Lachina (also spelled La China and LaChina) were awarded $1.041 million plus $1 million in punitive damages today (Jan. 28) by Judge James W. Meyers in Bankruptcy Court. San Diego attorney Robert Scott Dreher described Lachina as ...

Faulconer Wants to Hasten Downtown Projects

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Gov. Jerry Brown, aware that corporate welfare redevelopment projects subsidize the private sector by diverting money from schools, wants to eliminate state redevelopment agencies. So several cities are rushing to get proposed subsidized private sector projects on the books before ...

Imprudence Not Unconstitutional, Says Appeals Court

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An appeals court yesterday (Jan. 26) refused to overturn an Orange County law permitting sheriffs' deputies with 30 years of service to retire at age 50 with a pension amounting to 90% of their salaries. Orange County argued that its ...

New York State Takes Over Finances of Wealthy Nassau County

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This is a major shot across the bow. The New York State oversight board today (Jan. 26) seized control of Nassau County finances, as a story in the New York Times described in detail. Nassau County, on suburban Long Island, ...

San Diego Home Values Beat the Field in November. But...

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San Diego County home values rose 0.1% in November from October -- the only metro area among the top 20 to gain, according to the latest Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price indices. San Diego's values rose 2.6% from a year ...

Will Water Rate Increase Be Diverted to Pensions?

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The water rate increase that passed city council by 6-2 yesterday (Jan. 24) may be a secret ploy to divert money to cover pension obligations, says Mike Aguirre, former city attorney. The City's most recent fiscal year ended in June ...

Loan Modification Scamster Gets Five Years

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Glenn Steven Rosofsky was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for his role in a loan modification scam, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns. ...

Bridgepoint Says Government Softens Report; Stock Soars

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Stock of Bridgepoint Education is up 5.92% to $18.25 this morning as the for-profit education company reported that Bridgepoint's Ashford University received a long-awaited report from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, which investigated the company for ...

San Diego Gains Jobs, but Unemployment Rate Still above 10%

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San Diego County employment rose by 1,800 jobs in December from November, but the unemployment rate remained in double digits. The December rate was 10.1%, down from 10.4% in November and 10.3% a year earlier, according to the Employment Development ...

Congress Secretly Working on Way for States to Go Bankrupt

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Policy makers in Washington DC are working behind the scenes to find a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out of debts, including pensions promised to retired workers, according to a New York Times story that just went ...

Qualcomm Named One of Fortune's 100 Best Employers

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For the 13th straight year, Qualcomm is on Fortune Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list came out today (Jan. 20). Qualcomm is 33rd. Fortune notes that the company has 100% health care coverage, online ...

Los Angeles to Fast-Track Downtown Stadium

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According to stories in the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, Los Angeles city council wants to accelerate the downtown football stadium football stadium proposed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). The company keeps saying that the deal will be ...

Goldsmith Appeals Suit He Ridiculed Aguirre for Filing

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Early this month, the city attorney's office filed to appeal a cross-complaint in GIC841845 that had been filed by former City Attorney Mike Aguirre. The judge had ruled against Aguirre in 2006, and the case had sat in the judge's ...

Vallejo's Bankruptcy Exit Plan Would Squeeze Creditors

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On Tuesday, the City of Vallejo filed its plan to exit bankruptcy. The city northeast of San Francisco had filed for Chapter 9 in May of 2008 after unions rejected wage cuts. Under the plan, general unsecured creditors would collect ...

Tiger Woods to Open 2011 Season at Torrey Pines

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Tiger Woods announced today (Jan. 19) that he will open his 2011 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines next week. He has won there the last five times he has played: the Buick Invitational in 2005, 2006, ...

California Superstorm Could Cause 5 Times the Damage of Major Quake

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Here's something to take your mind off California's massive fiscal deficit, as well as what might happen along the San Andreas Fault. As reported by Yahoo! news, more than 100 scientists and experts warn that California faces the possibility of ...

Ike's Speech Warned of University Abuses, Too

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On Jan. 17, 1961, fifty years ago, outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address to the nation, now recognized as one of the most prescient speeches of all time. Astutely, he warned that, "In the councils of government, we ...

New Yorker Magazine Scorches Darrell Issa

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The Jan. 24 issue of the New Yorker probes San Diego County Congressmember Darrell Issa in a long piece. The article by Ryan Lizza covers some material earlier reported by other media. Issa has been named chairman of the House ...

Er, Uh. FBI Building to be Constructed by La Costa Developer

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Las Vegas's Molasky Group of Companies will construct a $100 million, four-story San Diego headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ironies abound. The Molasky Group of Companies was founded by Irwin Molasky and now run by his children. The ...

Wall Street Traders Bring Home Far More Than Brain Surgeons

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Some statistics graphically and poignantly tell what's wrong with a society -- like a fever thermometer registering 107 degrees. Bloomberg News has come out with such figures. An oil trader on Wall Street with ten years of experience is likely ...

Brown's Redevelopment Proposal, If Passed, Could Whack Corporate Welfare

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Gov. Jerry Brown today (Jan. 10), in revealing his budget, proposed major changes in redevelopment procedure that, if passed by the legislature, could take giant steps to eliminate abuses that have transformed laws meant to help the poor into a ...

NFL Head Steps on His Tongue; Chargers Denuded

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In one of the most pathetically embarrassing interviews of recent times, Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, tells a Wall Street Journal editor today (Jan. 8) why we should all feel sorry for the owners of professional football ...

Jobs Growth Disappointing but Unemployment Rate Drops

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The U.S. economy added only 103,000 jobs in December; economists had expected 175,000. The unemployment rate declined to 9.4% from 9.8% in November, but that was a result of fewer people in the workforce. Many have stopped looking for jobs. ...

Comparatively, Tech Workers Haul in Bucks in San Diego

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If you are a tech worker wanting to rake in more money than your non-tech neighbor, San Diego is one of the places to be, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation. Five U.S. cities have the largest differentials ...

Feds Thrash Wilkes's Plea for New Trial

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The U.S. Attorney's office today (Jan. 5) answered Poway contractor Brent Wilkes's motion for a new trial for his role in the scandal that put former Congressman Randy (Duke) Cunningham in prison. Wilkes was convicted in 2007 of money laundering, ...

Appeals Court Says Mount Soledad Cross Unconstitutional

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today (Jan. 4) that the cross on La Jolla's Mount Soledad since 1913 is unconstitutional, according to CNN.com. Three versions of the cross have been erected; the current 43-foot cross was set up ...

Qualcomm Near Deal to Buy Atheros, Says NY Times

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The New York Times is reporting today (Jan. 4) that San Diego-based chip maker Qualcomm is ready to buy Santa Clara's Atheros Communications, a semiconductor maker, for $45 a share, or $3.5 billion. The deal may be announced as soon ...

Beau La Madrid Could Get Ten Years for Ponzi Scheme

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Matthew "Beau" La Madrid and his brother Lance La Madrid pleaded guilty in federal court today (Jan. 3) to conspiracy and fraud charges. The two, along with several others, worked out of an El Cajon office. According to court records, ...

SEDC Trying to Recover Money from Vendors That Handled Pension Plan

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Southeastern Economic Development Corp. (SEDC), a smaller cousin of the all-powerful Centre City Development Corp., is trying to recover money from outside service providers that allegedly fouled up its 403(b) pension plan. A 403(b) is a tax-advantaged plan that has ...

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