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News Ticker Entries for October, 2011

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Wireless Demand May Soon Outstrip Availability

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The national demand for wireless service for devices from smartphones and computers to iPods and iPads could soon outstrip our infrastructure’s ability to handle the task, warns a new study from UC San Diego’s Global Information Industry Center. “We’re currently ...

San Diego Unified Board Member Scott Barnett Releases His "Plan to Save Our Schools"

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Scott Barnett, San Diego Unified School District board member, is calling for a ten-percent pay cut, reforms to health care policy, and holding off on raises as ways to solve the school district's current budget crisis, preventing insolvency. Barnett released ...

Embattled Sycuan Band Gives Big to Local GOP

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The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, which operates a prosperous casino and is currently embroiled in a pitched battle to expand its East County reservation for an ambitious real estate development plan, has of late been giving heavily to ...

Chula Vista Council Considers Declaring Synthetic Drugs a Public Nuisance

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City officials in Chula Vista aren't convinced that recent state legislation signed by the Governor will be effective in ridding smoke shops and roadside markets of designer drugs. On Tuesday, city councilmembers and the Mayor will consider adopting an ordinance ...

Tijuana's Adela Navarro Bello wins 2011 Courage in Journalism Prize

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Adela Navarro Bello, a Tijuana journalist who has risked death by covering the ongoing drug war and corruption of government officials there, has won a 2011 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation. A key subject for ...

Former Beauty Queen, Police Officer Loses Wrongful Termination Suit

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A San Diego Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the Chula Vista Police Department over the termination of former officer and beauty queen Deanna Mory. The police department hopes the ruling will end a five year legal battle ...

Protesters, Labor, Critical Mass Converge to Occupy San Diego

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Police raids on the Occupy San Diego protest early Friday morning drew a groundswell of support for the group, which hosted what was likely the largest crowd since the movement’s early days at Civic Center Plaza downtown last night. Long-term ...

New Community Service Offices Open

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The New York-based Local Initiatives Support Corporation announced the opening of four new offices in the San Diego area today. The company, funded by federal Social Innovation Fund grants and donations from United Way, San Diego Gas & Electric, Walmart, ...

Occupiers Pledge to Retake Civic Center

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The Occupy San Diego has once again regrouped after being forced from Civic Center Plaza in the early morning hours on Friday. A crowd of 30-40 protesters milling about in front of the Wells Fargo Plaza building at 401 B ...

Vargas Hands Out Gifts of Cash to Prospective Friends and Allies

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Democratic State Sen. Juan Vargas, now running for the congressional seat being vacated by San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner, has been dipping into the campaign bank account of his senate campaign for cash to bestow on local charities. Such ...

Occupy San Diego Camps Raided

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Armed police outfitted in riot gear marched on both Occupy San Diego camps at the Civic Center and a few blocks away at Children’s Park at around 2 a.m. this morning, rousing the mostly sleeping protesters and ordering them to ...

Solana Beach Moves Closer to Banning Plastic Bags

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19 billion plastic bags are used each year in California, resulting in 147,000 tons of waste landing in state landfills. On Wednesday, members of the Solana Beach City Council decided to reduce that waste, directing staff to draft an ordinance ...

Marijuana Advocacy Group Sues Obama Administration

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Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access announced today that it has filed suit against the Obama administration, arguing that the Department of Justice has “instituted a policy to dismantle the medical marijuana laws of the State of California ...

Molasky's San Diego FBI Building Breaks Ground

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San Diego city councilman and GOP mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, along with a contingent of federal officials, has helped break ground for a new FBI headquarters building here. As we wrote in June, the building, to be leased to the ...

Meth Still the Number One Drug Of Choice At County Treatment Centers

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Recently there’s been a lot of talk about designer drugs Spice and Bath Salts invading local communities and boarding Navy warships. But while the rise of synthetic drugs is alarming, County officials say methamphetamine continues its reign as the number ...

Occupy San Diego Re-Occupies the Civic Center

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“Last week I asked in writing to have the re-occupation of the Civic Center be put on the agenda,” Occupy San Diego protester Raymond Lutz told me Monday evening. “They didn’t do it. So this time, we are coming up ...

Fraudulent Block Grant Claims

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In an October 25 letter, San Diego's city auditor confirmed allegations that non-profit Alliance For African Assistance, working with the Economic Development Division, knowingly submitted a false claim for more than $20,000 in Community Development Block Grants. The investigation began ...

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Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane Fighting Separate Sports Battles

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Say what you will about the many stadium proposals littering the California landscape these days, they are very good at providing work for political consultants. Take for example the longtime partnership of Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane, veterans of the ...

Operation Boo Targets Sex Offenders on Halloween

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced an expansion of its statewide “Operation Boo” program, aimed at creating a safer Halloween environment for children. Now in its 17th year, Boo tightens restrictions on registered sex offenders every October ...

South Bay Power Plant Operator Agrees to Dismantle Plant

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The South Bay Power Plant is now one step closer to getting dismantled. In a October 25 letter, executives from former plant-operator Dynegy, Inc. agreed to strip the 51-year old plant in two-steps. The first step being demolishing the structure ...

Tents Back Up at Occupy San Diego

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The tent city is back at Occupy San Diego as of Tuesday night. Acting on the alleged support of City Council President Tony Young, who is said to have told protesters that they would not be physically removed by police, ...

Food Drive for Family Pets to Collect Kibble

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Locally based pet supply retailer Petco is kicking off their second annual Food Drive for Family Pets this weekend at stores across the region and nation. Between October 30 and November 13, store patrons are being asked to buy extra ...

ResMed Stock Plunges Almost 14%

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Stock of ResMed, which makes equipment for treating sleep-disordered breathing and various respiratory disorders, plummeted 13.66% today (Oct. 25) to $27.37. Third-quarter revenues rose 12%, but that was less than analysts had expected. Earnings per share fell 11 cents to ...

Occupy San Diego City Council

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"Endorse us now. Endorse us now. Endorse us now," was the chant from members of Occupy San Diego just before city council president Tony Young suddenly adjourned the city council's Tuesday morning session. The occupiers were there to speak during ...

Warner Springs Ranch Finally to Be Sold to Pala

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After a long legal struggle and political infighting, it now appears all but certain that Warner Springs Ranch -- featuring hot springs, horse stables and golf course -- will be purchased by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, who occupied ...

Proposed Paramilitary Training Camp in Ocotillo Faces Foreclosure

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Residents of Nomirage, a small desert community 17 miles east of San Diego County, were up in arms over a proposal by Wind Zero to build a 944-acre private paramilitary training facility just feet from their front doors. I wrote ...

San Diego Housing Lags Other Metro Areas

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San Diego County home values dropped 0.2% from July to August, underperforming the index of the 20 major metro areas, which rose 0.2%, according to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller data released this morning (Oct. 25). Similarly, San Diego home values were ...

San Diego City Auditor Cites Retirement System's High Costs

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A performance review by the office of San Diego city auditor Eduardo Luna has found room for improvement in the way the city's long-controversial pension system is run. "Our audit found that when compared to peers, SDCERS’ administrative expenses—approximately $15 ...

DeMaio Critics Bash Recent Endorsements, Refusal to Debate

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Carl DeMaio and his mayoral campaign have been drawing fire from several directions in recent weeks. First, there’s the San Diego LGBT Weekly. Last week, the paper published an editorial criticizing recent endorsements the openly gay DeMaio’s campaign has picked ...

Catholic Group Demands Money From IRS Despite Having Already Been Paid

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Catholic Answers, a San Diego-based group “dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world,” announced last Friday it will ask the US Supreme Court to intervene and allow the organization to sue the Internal ...

Has Craig Venter's ExxonMobil Deal Hit a Rough Patch?

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As a hometown hero, genome mapping pioneer, world sailor, and venture capital rainmaker extraordinaire, J. Craig Venter, who lives in a posh La Jolla mansion with his third wife and longtime publicist Heather Kowalski, is awash in good ink. But ...

Chula Vista to Ease Regulations at Hotels

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On Tuesday, elected officials in Chula Vista will consider changing a requirement that calls for annual health inspections at hotels and motels citywide. Instead, the proposed amendment requires property owners and hotel management to have their properties certified by a ...

El Cajon Bar Patron Shoots Man in Foot

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El Cajon Police arrested 29 year-old Cein Kelley outside the Junction Bar on the 700 block of Jamacha Road shortly after midnight this morning. In a release by the police department, officers responded to a call of multiple shots having ...

The State of Brian Bilbray's Finances

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A rush of sorts is on among local Democrats to declare for the congressional seat of the GOP’s Brian Bilbray, generally considered more vulnerable after the redistricting shrank the margin of Republican voters in his previously safe district. Both former ...

Occupy San Diego Returns to Children's Park

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After two weeks at the Civic Center, Occupy San Diego is expanding to Children’s Park on First and Island. A group of about twenty has begun to put up infrastructure in the park with the permission of the mayor, says ...

Manchester Busted with Illegal Radio Device

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The Federal Communications Commission, investigating an interference complaint from AT&T Wireless, traced the source to “Papa” Doug Manchester’s 8000-square-foot Carmel Valley residence. AT&T first complained about interference between two of its cell phone towers in March. The phone carrier said ...

Jobs Drop, but So Does Unemployment Rate

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San Diego County lost 3,600 jobs between August and September, but the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7% in September from a revised 10.2% in August, according to the California Employment Development Department. A major reason is that discouraged workers dropped ...

California Attorney General Responds to Feds Assault on Medical Marijuana

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California's top attorney, Kamala Harris, is asking that federal attorneys scale back their recent assault on medical marijuana dispensaries, reports the Washington Post. Harris' statement comes weeks after U.S. prosecutors sent letters to landlords who rent to dispensary owners, warning ...

The After-MAD in Golden Hill

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Dozens of South Park and Golden Hill residents crammed inside the Golden Hill Youth Center for a meeting of the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation (GGHCDC), the group that administers the local maintenance assessment district. It was the first ...

Navy Drug Bust Nabs Local Sailors

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Numerous San Diego-based sailors are being disciplined as the result of a local drug bust, USA Today reports. 64 sailors face charges, 49 of them aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the ship that famously disposed of the remains of Osama ...

State Prisons Will Reap Benefits From Solar

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation today announced that it will begin installing solar panels that will generate 25 megawatts of power at five prisons across the state. Unlike a series of negative benefit installations by the Navy, these ...

Chicano Federation, Urban League Lobby for AT&T's T-Mobile Takeover

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Efforts by telecom giant AT&T to obtain federal approval of its $39 billion bid to buy competing cell phone provider T-Mobile became controversial after this summer's revelations that some groups endorsing the merger, including the National Association for the Advancement ...

County Supes to Consider Offering Help to Grandparents

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County Supervisors are looking into creating an action plan that would help elderly residents look after the needs of their grandchildren. The goal of the initiative, recommended by Supervisor Greg Cox, is to aid grandparents wade through complex health and ...

Juan Vargas Gets $1000 of Roski Campaign Cash

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Majestic Realty honcho Edward P. Roski, Jr., locked in a battle with AEG's Philip Anschutz for the chance to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles, gave $1000 to help retire the campaign debt of state Sen. Juan Vargas, now ...

Sempra Wins Solar Energy Award

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Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Solar Energy Industries Association Solar Champion Award in the Project Developer category. Sempra Generation, which has primarily operated natural gas power generating ...

Silver Lining In City's Five-Year Financial Forecast

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Remember that "gradual economic recovery" that the City predicted in a recent financial forecast? Well, the City's director of financial management, Mark Leonard, told the Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday that the recovery is even "more gradual" than expected. ...

Military Members Sue BBG Communications

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Military personnel tied to Fort Hood, Texas, have filed suit against BBG Communications, a San Diego-based company that charges stiff rates for credit card phone calls at airports around the world. Sgt. Richard Corder paid $41 for a 4 second ...

Fabian Núñez's Lobbying Power Grows

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Ex-assembly speaker Fabian Núñez became a political pariah here this year after his close friend, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, commuted the voluntary manslaughter sentence given Núñez's son Esteban for playing a role in the 2008 fatal stabbing of Luis Dos Santos, ...

Tea Party to Meet with Occupiers

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Occupy San Diego is preparing for a visit and talk this afternoon around 5:00 with members of the Tea Party movement, according to a Twitter feed dedicated to the group. Talk radio host Rick Amato, who recently posted a piece ...

Councilmembers to Consider Revamped Tourism Marketing District

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$1 billion dollars over the next 40 years, that's the amount that would be raised if city councilmembers decide to renew the contract for San Diego's Tourism Marketing District. The district, established in 2008, generates revenue from a 2 percent ...

Former Officer's Lawsuit Reopened on Appeal

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Former San Diego Police Department officer Aleksei Sviridov has been granted a partial reversal of judgment in a complaint against the City of San Diego alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, a hostile work environment, and retaliation that was originally dismissed via ...

Occupy San Diego Remains at Civic Center, Modifies Consensus Process - At Least 26 Tijuana Occupiers Arrested

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The three splinter groups of Occupy San Diego reunited on the Civic Center concourse Saturday afternoon in a march from the west end of Balboa Park. The official reason for Friday morning’s police raid, a “World of Dance Tour” expo ...

Clairemont Shows School Spirit for Cadman Elementary

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Administrators, parents, and residents living near Cadman Elementary are doing all they can to persuade district officials to erase the school from a list of potential closures. Cadman is one of ten schools the district is considering closing as a ...

Filner Moves Funds Between Mayoral and Congressional Campaign Committees

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Democratic Congressman Bob Filner is running for mayor these days, but his old congressional campaign finance committee just keeps on chugging along. According to its most recent filing, dated October 15 and covering the period between July 1 and September ...

Occupy San Diego Heads to City Council

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A group of Occupy San Diego activists and several supporters showed up at this morning’s city council meeting to address a range of concerns regarding the movement and its continued presence at Civic Center Plaza. As usual, reactions to the ...

SDG&E to Start Repairing Roads Damaged by Powerlink Water Trucks

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John Pilch, a San Carlos resident and member of the Navajo Planning Board, again appeared before the City Council with complaints about SDG&E water trucks tearing up roads in the community as they travel from filling stations to construction areas ...

Sequenom Stock Back on Roller Coaster

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Stock of biotech Sequenom resumes riding a roller coaster. Yesterday (Oct. 17) the company said its prenatal test for Down syndrome will be marketed in 20 American cities. The stock rose to $5.56 from its Friday closing of $5.03. But ...

Equality 9 (or 8) to Stand Trial

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Demonstrators from the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality, joined by supporters from the Occupy San Diego group encamped nearby, converged yesterday on the San Diego County Courthouse yesterday. The group rallied before a pretrial hearing for a group dubbed ...

Yet Another Free Foreign Junket for Susan Davis

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She's been forced onto Washington's campaign fundraising circuit after being burned in the Kinde Durkee embezzlement scandal, but that hasn't cramped Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis's chronic world traveling habits. This time, Davis was off to Barcelona, Spain from September 24 ...

California Medical Association Pushes Pot Legalization

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The California Medical Association, in a press release dated October 16, has made a recommendation for legalization and regulation of marijuana official policy. The CMA, which represents more than 35,000 physicians, is the largest group of its kind and the ...

Anadys Up 251%; Roche to Buy It

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Anadys Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in developing hepatitis C treatments, announced this morning (Oct. 17) that it will be acquired by the pharmaceutical giant Roche for $230 million, or $3.70 a share -- a premium of almost 260% over Friday's close. ...

Port Commissioner/Former City Councilman Scott Peters Announces Congressional Run

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Scott Peters, former city councilmember and current port commissioner, officially announced his candidacy for the newly drawn 52nd congressional district on Monday. Peters, a self-described "common-sense democrat" will be running against conservative congressman Brian Bilbray, former State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, ...

The Marines Are Looking for a Few Good Re-Tweets

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Pugil sticks, close order drill, bayonet training, martial arts: all play crucial roles in the arduous training regimen of the United States Marine Corps. Now comes another battlefield fraught with hazard: online social networking. To meet this 21st century challenge, ...

Film Fights Teaching of Creationism in Science Classes

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A new film that “examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists” has struck a nerve with some Christians, once again pitting the theories of evolution and creationism against one another. No Dinosaurs in Heaven is a project by ...

Occupy San Diego Holds Rally, March on Civic Center

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Several hundred members of the Occupy San Diego movement gathered around 11 a.m. at the western edge of Balboa Park near Marston Point in anticipation of a noon rally and 1 p.m. march to “re-take the Civic Center.” The march ...

Police Remove Occupy San Diego Tents, 2 Arrests, Half-dozen Pepper Sprayed

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Just about every local news outlet in town was at the Civic Center this morning around 7:30 when police made one arrest before breaking through a human chain of dozens of protesters to remove several tents in violation of yesterday's ...

Splintered Occupy San Diego Movement Seeks to Re-Unify

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Some in the Occupy San Diego movement have declared a meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon near the USS Midway to discuss how to reunite after groups broke off and headed for Balboa Park and to the Midway last night ...

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Reconsider Soledad Cross Ruling

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The U.S Ninth district federal appeals court today rejected a request by the city of San Diego and the federal government to reconsider its ruling that the Mt. Soledad Cross is unconstitutional. According to Courthouse News Service, Judge Carlos Bea ...

The Spice Is Not Right

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On Monday, board members for the Sweetwater Union High School District will consider banning synthetic drugs Spice and Bath Salts at South Bay campuses. District superintendent Ed Brand introduced the proposal to ban the synthetic drugs. The drugs are said ...

Billionaire GOP Yachtsman Shuns Tea Party

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Actor Morgan Freeman is scheduled to put in an appearance at the San Diego Yacht Club on October 23, where he will be inducted as chairman of the honorary advisory board of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame ...

San Dieguito River Conservancy Will Not Rename Trail After Jerry Schad

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Shortly after hiker and author Jerry Schad passed away from cancer, Robert Parkinson started a petition to rename San Diego County's 55-mile Coast to Crest Trail in honor of Schad. That effort has been stopped in its tracks. "Rand Newman, ...

Cyclists Angry Over Brown Veto

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California’s cyclist community is up in arms over Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of Senate Bill 910, a measure requiring motorists to give a three-foot space when making a pass on city streets or to slow to a speed of 15 ...

French Gourmet, Officers Plead Guilty

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La Jolla's French Gourmet Restaurant, along with its owner Michel Malecot and manager Richard Kauffmann, pleaded guilty today (Oct. 13) to hiring at least ten illegal aliens in the 2006-2007 period. The company hired undocumented workers beginning in 2003 even ...

Occupy San Diego Fractures, Relocates, Searches For Common Voice

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A deceptively amicable general assembly on Tuesday night preceded a stark division among the roughly 300 protesters who have been occupying the Civic Center concourse since Saturday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5mSGsqnqVA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FITFs1ygPw0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=depUsmwmLW4 The San Diego fire marshal capped the occupancy’s tent count ...

Men's Health Names San Diego the Luckiest Town in America

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Men's Health magazine has dubbed San Diego "America's luckiest town" in a recent list. The article factored in the number of lottery winners (Powerball, Mega Millions), the most hole-in-ones according to the PGA, as well as the number of lightning ...

Lucky Duck Foundation Gives $30,000 to Local Charities

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San Diego’s Lucky Duck Foundation, a charitable group, has announced two $15,000 gifts to the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Challenged Athletes Foundation is dedicated to helping individuals with physical challenges participate in sports. The ...

Councilmember Wants a Different Approach to Managed Competition Process

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Councilmember David Alvarez believes something is missing from the Mayor's approach to allowing private companies to bid on public services. In a October 12 memo, Alvarez says the statements of work outlined by the Mayor's office maintains current levels of ...

FICO to Help Banks Target Strategic Defaulters

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Credit analysis firm FICO announced this week that it has formed relationships with four of the nation’s top ten loan servicers to help identify borrowers with a high risk of “strategic default.” In such a situation, a borrower who is ...

Sac State Still Trying to Collect $9 Million from Alex Spanos

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Sacramento's Capitol Weekly has a follow-up today on its earlier report that Stockton-based Alex Spanos failed to come up with all of the $10 million he pledged to build a new sports complex named after the Chargers owner on the ...

Stalking the Residential Real Estate Portfolio of Union-Tribune's Tom Gores

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Those who live in Beverly Hills and other parts of L.A. where the rich and famous reside are used to movie star tours and the maps sold on Hollywood Boulevard. Now comes a virtual tour, including plenty of photos, opinions, ...

U.S. Attorney To Target Media Outlets For Printing Medicinal Marijuana Ads

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U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy is all fired up about the state's medical marijuana law. Earlier this month, Duffy and other federal attorneys announced that they were sending letters to property owners who rent commercial space to dispensaries. And now, according ...

SDSU Gets $6M to Study Childhood Obesity

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San Diego State University has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worth more than $6 million over the next four years to study childhood obesity in Imperial County. SDSU is one of four schools nationwide ...

Harrisburg, Pa. Files for Bankruptcy

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Financially ailing Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, filed for municipal bankruptcy today (Oct. 12). According to Reuters, the city now faces a showdown with the state over control of the city. Municipal bankruptcies are rare: Orange County filed for Chapter ...

Shames Rejoins Bar

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Michael Shames, head of watchdog Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), has rejoined the State Bar of California. His readmission is dated Oct. 5. Earlier this year, the Reader reported that Shames had not been a member of the bar since ...

Tech-Site Says HP Is Shutting Down San Diego Software Unit. HP Says It's Not Accurate

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Reports that HP is laying off 500 employees at its San Diego Software unit is wrong says a company spokesperson. The claims about the layoffs were first reported in an article on tech-website, TechCrunch. According to the article, company emails ...

John Boehner Makes Good for Brian Bilbray

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The spat with president Barack Obama over the national deficit kept House Speaker John Boehner tied down in Washington the last time he tried to come to San Diego to raise campaign cash for fellow GOP congressman Brian Bilbray (pictured). ...

Law Bans "Open Carry" of Handguns

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In a flurry of last-minute signings and vetoes, Governor Jerry Brown on Monday announced the signing into law of Assembly Bill 144, which bans “open carrying” of handguns. Such practice, where residents are allowed to openly and conspicuously possess an ...

Susan Davis Turns to D.C. Lobbyists for New Campaign Money

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Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis, who told supporters in a letter last month that "We’ve been robbed," is still trying to make up financial ground in the aftermath of the Kinde Durkee campaign treasurer scandal. Davis said Durkee “may well become ...

Think Tank Says Tech Responsible for 30% of Jobs

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The National University System Institute for Policy Research has concluded that technology industries account for 30% of jobs in the San Diego metro area. The 6,023 tech employers account directly for 138,800 jobs, says the institute. But these jobs generate ...

Borrego Sun Editor Found Dead

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According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Judy Meier, longtime editor of the Borrego Sun newspaper, was found dead in her home today (Oct. 11). She was found in the kitchen and her estranged husband, Jim Meier, was ...

Tragedy and Consensus at Occupy San Diego

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The celebratory mood of Occupy San Diego turned somber when a man fell to his death around 3:15 p.m. yesterday from a parking structure directly adjacent to the hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the Civic Center concourse. The 42-year-old man’s ...

Response to Military Sexual Assaults Found Lacking

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Last week we reported on a survey being conducted by the Navy concerning sexual harassment and assault. This week, the Navy has released updated results of a related study, this one concerning the effectiveness of sexual assault hotlines maintained by ...

County To Push for Independent Redistricting Commission

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San Diego County's Board of Supervisors agreed to establish an independent redistricting commission during a hearing on Tuesday. Currently, the County's charter allows board members to hear recommendations from a citizens panel but gives them the final say in drawing ...

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wants to Store Radioactive Waste on the Coast Through 2250

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Nuclear energy watchdog group Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility has released comments in response to a request for public input on a proposed Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) policy that would allow nuclear plants to store used nuclear fuel on site for ...

San Diego Slipping Faster than Nation

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Zillow's August report shows San Diego home values dropping faster than the nation's — but local home values remain among the highest. The median price of San Diego area homes is $347,300, says Zillow. Only New York, Los Angeles, and ...

County And Rincon Tribe May Be Sharing Gambling Profits

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Tomorrow, San Diego County Supervisors will consider entering into an agreement with the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians that would direct a portion gambling profits to go towards mitigating impacts to areas off the reservation. If adopted, the money, estimated ...

Navy Makes Losing Bet on Solar

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The Navy has admitted it failed to consider whether various solar projects it awarded contracts for at several California bases were cost effective. At least, not when spending money received under President Obama's 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “Officials ...

Governor Vetoes Assemblyman Garrick's Storm Water Bill

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Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill from Assemblyman Martin Garrick, which would have made it easier for construction contractors to develop storm water prevention plans. The plans, which are in place to prevent water contamination from construction sites, require that ...

Copley Press Sells Six Aging La Jolla Cottages for $5.9 million

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Once upon a time, way back in 1979, there was a Republican San Diego county supervisor named Roger Hedgecock who went into partnership with his old friend and Pacific Beach builder Mike Turk to put up some solar powered condos ...

State Releases $600M for Jail Expansions

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The state’s Corrections Standards Authority Board last week announced the release of $602,881,000 in funding to be made available to individual counties looking to increase their jail capacity. The money is authorized by Assembly Bill 900, known as the Public ...

Medical Marijuana, Inc. Stock Down

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Stock of San Diego's Medical Marijuana, Inc. is down 10.71% this morning. Friday it closed down around 6% — not surprisingly, given federal officials' crackdown on California pot dispensaries, announced Friday. Volume Friday was almost 2.5 million shares, three and ...

Occupy San Diego Moves to Civic Center, Marches on Wells Fargo

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Hundreds of Occupy San Diego demonstrators moved from Children’s Park to the Civic Center at 4 p.m. yesterday, where tents popped up across the marble concourse to the soundtrack of a Jewish rock band who joined the indefinite occupation after ...

Signs — the Message of the Occupiers

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A crowd that police estimated at in excess of 1400 gathered downtown yesterday afternoon, October 7, to march from Children's Park to the Civic Center and back again, with hundreds remaining through the first night of Occupy San Diego. While ...

Al Davis Dead

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The Oakland Raiders said today (Oct. 8) that owner Al Davis has died at age 82. Davis had once been a coach of the Chargers in the early days and was considered persona non grata in San Diego -- just ...

Who Occupies San Diego?

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The inaugural gathering of Occupy San Diego has been an unpredictable but pronounced pastiche of locals decrying everything from corporate personhood to immigrant rights abuses. A mass of at least one thousand marched through the Gaslamp this afternoon shouting slogans ...

No Shark Fin Soup For You!

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Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the possession and sale of shark fins. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino, outlaws the "finning" of sharks, where sharks fins are cut and the shark is thrown back ...

Gay Rights Group Signs On with Occupy Movement

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Local LGBT rights group San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) has released a statement of support and says its members will be participating in the Occupy San Diego protests, slated to begin in just a few hours. SAME has ...

Spanos and Family Reported Second Among NFL Political Donors

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The blog at OpenSecrets.org is out today with a report that should be of interest to followers of the San Diego Chargers and their owners, Stockton-based Alex Spanos and family. In the U.S. political contribution derby, Spanos and his team ...

Encinitas Is Now Accepting Applications For New Councilmember

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Encinitas resident and community activist, Donna Westbrook, referred to it as the "800 pound gorilla," the concern that the majority on Encinitas' city council will appoint a like-minded council member to fill the vacant seat left after Maggie Houlihan passed ...

Kessler Case May Be Headed for Settlement

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The city attorney is scheduled to brief city council in closed session Monday on Scott Kessler's unlawful termination suit against the City of San Diego. According to rumors, the council may be considering a settlement of the long-running case. If ...

Green Energy Company at Risk

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In the wake of the failure of Solyndra, a manufacturer of solar panels who was the beneficiary of government-backed loans, more bad news arrives on the green energy front. Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. admits that there exists “significant doubt about ...

Government Panel Thumbs Down PSA Test

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The government-sanctioned United States Preventive Services Task Force has reported that the P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer does not save lives and leads to more tests and treatments that cause pain, impotence and incontinence, according to a ...

Illumina Shares Plunge 31.76%

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Shares of biotech Illumina are down 31.76% to $27.25 this morning (Oct. 7) and pressuring some other biotechs. The maker of DNA analysis equipment expects third quarter revenue of $235 million, down sharply from analysts' expectations of $278.3 million. One ...

U.S. Adds 103,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment 9.1%

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The U.S. added 103,000 jobs in September, almost double what some economists had expected, and August was revised upward from zero to 57,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained at 9.1%. However, an all-important alternative measure of unemployment, which includes discouraged ...

Occupy San Diego Location Change

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Verbatim from Occupy San Diego on Facebook In respect of Yom Kippur and the Jewish Communities right to celebrate it in peace, Occupy San Diego GA decided tonight that we will march to the Civic Center, leaving Children's Park at ...

Shutting Down California's Cannabis Industry

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As if news that San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith plans to shut down all of San Diego's medical marijuana dispensaries wasn't bad enough for those prescribed the drug. Now the federal government has issued warnings that property used to ...

Bilbray Hears Complaints from Local Biotechs

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International Stem Cell Corporation, a local biotech, announced that it recently met with Representative Brian Bilbray to discuss concerns over federal policies relating to stem cell research. Bilbray, who represents California’s 50th district covering large portions of northern San Diego ...

Compromise on St. Paul's Cathedral Towers

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On Thursday, San Diego Planning Commissioners approved a proposal from St. Paul's Cathedral to build two towers on Nutmeg and Olive Streets in Bankers Hill. The project that was approved was not the applicant's original plan. For months, a group ...

Will Big-Money Lobbying Win the Airport Parking Battle?

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Ace Parking, founded more than sixty years ago by Evan Jones, has long had a virtual monopoly on running San Diego’s publicly owned parking venues. Insiders note that one key to the company’s success has been staying friendly with local ...

Car From Hit-and-Run on Toddler Found, Impounded

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Police have located the vehicle they believe to be responsible for a hit-and-run collision that involved a driver striking a two year old boy on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa and fleeing the scene. The child was seriously injured as ...

General Atomics Subsidiary Cotter Corp. Keeps Making Messes

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San Diego-based General Atomics, best known for its Predator unmanned aerial vehicles, continues to take heat over uranium mining and milling operations conducted by its subsidiary Cotter Corp. in the state of Colorado. This week Denver Water officials demanded that ...

Local Marketing Firm to Launch In-Store Promos

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With modern consumers pressed for time, a trip to the grocery store has become a “get in, get out” experience that leaves shoppers ill-inclined to wander aisles in a leisurely fashion and stop to chat up employees offering up product ...

Decision On Sale of Carlton Oaks Golf Course Delayed

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On Wednesday, the Land Use and Housing Committee discussed the sale of 68 acres of property along the San Diego River to TY Investment, owner of Carlton Oaks Golf Course in Eastern San Diego. TY Investment has owned and operated ...

Dig a Hole

Steve Jobs Died

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Cupertino-based Apple Computer announced today (Oct. 5) that Steve Jobs, the innovator behind the iPhone, iPod, iPad, IMac and iTunes, has died after an extended illness. Jobs may go down in history with the likes of Thomas Edison. In fact, ...

Sanders Launches Street Sweeper Outsourcing

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Latest candidate for outsourcing under the so-called managed competition plan of San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders: street sweeping. We've got the full request for proposals here. Experts in such matters are invited to take a look and let us know ...

Police Nab Teenage Burglars

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La Mesa Police this morning announced the arrest of three juveniles on burglary charges. Yesterday afternoon around 1:30 police responded to a call about a potential break-in at a house on the 5600 block of Urban Drive. A neighbor had ...

Encinitas City Council To Discuss Filling Houlihan's Council Seat

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On Thursday, the Encinitas City Council will discuss whether to appoint a new councilmember or hold a special election to fill the seat left vacant after the death of councilwoman Maggie Houlihan. Houlihan passed away on September 16 after a ...

Walk, Ride & Roll to School Challenge Kicks Off

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Today kicks off the month-long Walk, Ride & Roll to School Challenge at dozens of participating schools around San Diego County. October 5 is also International Walk to School Day. Sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments and the ...

Qualcomm Announces Leadership Changes

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San Diego-based mobile technology firm Qualcomm Inc. announced a shakeup in its executive roster on Tuesday. Steve Altman takes over the vice chair role while Steve Mollenkopf accepted a promotion to fill the roles of president and chief operating officer. ...

"Fallen Star" Is Latest Addition to UCSD's Stuart Collection

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Work is underway on Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star, the latest installation in the Stuart Collection. Under an agreement that dates to 1982, any location on UC San Diego’s 1200 acre campus may be considered for placement of ...

Mad About Getting Rid of MAD

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The Golden Hill Community Development Corporation (GGHCDC)is calling on Golden Hill and South Park residents to petition councilmembers Todd Gloria and David Alvarez, and Mayor Sanders so that they can get their MAD back. The call for help comes more ...

Occupy Wall Street Protests Come to San Diego

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“Standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street NYC, hundreds of San Diego citizens will peacefully occupy the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego, adjacent to San Diego City Hall (1200 3rd Ave.), starting on October 7, 2011.” So begins ...

Banning Project Labor Agreement Bans

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The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is celebrating the passage of one state law and mobilizing its supporters to urge governor Jerry Brown to sign another currently sitting on his desk. Senate Bill 922, which passed 24-14 by ...

Small World: An Interesting Deal between Casey Wasserman and Tom Gores

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If the effort to build a new, taxpayer-subsidized downtown stadium for the Chargers ever gets to the serious stage, the topic of naming rights is certain to come up. Qualcomm got quite a bargain back in 1997 when the city ...

The Jerry Schad Trail

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"Who else has had more of an impact in guiding hikers to the magnificent trails this area has to offer, or the value of preserving our remaining undeveloped open space than Jerry Schad?" Asks a petition aimed at renaming the ...

Civil Liberties Groups Concerned Over Anti-Muslim Training

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CAIR-San Diego, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is leading the charge in a quest to clarify the contents of FBI training materials that have been described by some news reports as “anti-Muslim.” The National Association for ...

"Next Stop: Center for Infectious Diseases."

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County health officials have teamed up with transit officials to notify bus riders that they may have caught something other than just the bus while riding from June 1 to September 14. They may have contracted Tuberculosis as well. Officials ...

Court Date Set for SOHO's Suit Against the City

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Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) and the City have set a date, a court date. On December 16, a Superior Court judge will rule on the merits of the the historic preservation group's lawsuit over the City's agreement to proceed ...

Filner Demands Ethics Investigation of Supreme Court's Clarence Thomas

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Congressman Bob Filner, currently engaged in a campaign for San Diego mayor, has joined 19 of his fellow House Democrats, led by House Rules Committee ranking member Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, in calling for an investigation of Supreme ...

El Centro Man Sues Dairy Over "Brain Health" Claim

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El Centro resident Evereth Barrera has initiated a $5 million class action lawsuit against Dean Foods and its subsidiary WhiteWave Foods over what he claims is false advertising. Packaging of Horizon organic milk products features a prominent banner stating the ...

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