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News Ticker Entries for September, 2011

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San Diego Tenth Most Expensive City

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Kiplinger magazine is out today (Sept. 30) with lists of the most expensive and cheapest places to live in the U.S. San Diego comes in tenth on the most-expensive list. The magazine says the average home price is $555,768, so ...

U.S. May Crack Down; Bridgepoint Stock Plunges

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Stock of Bridgepoint Education plummeted 7.92% today (Sept. 30) to $17.44. The stock closed at $20.38 as recently as Tuesday. The government is making noises about reforming for-profit educational institutions. Yesterday, the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General identified ...

Chula Vista Hosts BMX Hall of Fame Inductions

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The American Bicycle Association, a national sanctioning body for BMX racing, held inductions to its Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 29. The Hall is located at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Donny Atherton was honored as a ...

"Papa" Doug Manchester Continues Political Giving

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"Papa" Doug Manchester, the wealthy La Jolla developer and Republican who drew the wrath of same-sex marriage proponents when he supported the passage of California's Proposition 8 three years ago, hasn't backed away from supporting his favorite candidate and causes. ...

Navy Conducting Sexual Harassment Survey

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The US Navy is asking sailors, Marines, and civilians working for the military branch to complete a survey on sexual harassment, which has been ongoing and wraps up today. The confidential survey, which allows respondents to complete it anonymously, is ...

State Senator Joel Anderson Endorses Marie Waldron for State Assembly

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Marie Waldron, the conservative...make that one of the conservative councilmembers in Escondido, continues to rack up endorsements from fellow San Diego County Republicans. On Thursday, Waldron announced that state senator Joel Anderson of East County endorsed Waldron's candidacy for state ...

MTS Rolls Out New Low-Floor Trolleys

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Metropolitan Transit System officials today unveiled car #4001, the first in a fleet of 57 new cars to hit the tracks starting Monday, October 3. MTS has already taken delivery of six of the new, low-floor design trolleys, and is ...

Daimler Lobbied City Council for Electric Car Plan

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What happens to neighborhood parking when 300 free-roaming little electric cars hit town later this year? San Diego is about to find out. The city council's quick approval earlier this month of a two-year pilot program to allow electric "car ...

Rumor: Papa Doug Buying U-T

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This is strictly a rumor, but worth reporting. It goes like this: iconic local hotelier Doug (Papa Doug) Manchester is buying the U-T. I have not yet heard back from Platinum Equity, the Beverly Hills private equity group that owns ...

San Diego Produce Company Recalls Tomatoes -- Salmonella Found

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San Diego-based produce grower and distributor, Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce, issued a voluntary recall of organic grape tomatoes on September 28 after USDA officials find traces of Salmonella. The bad batch of tomatoes, marketed under the "Fresh & Easy" brand ...

Local Jobs Index Inches Up

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The San Diego Workforce Index, compiled by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, ticked up to 84.81 in August from July's 84.44. A reading of 100 indicates full employment. The index was as low as 80 in the recent recession. An ...

Same-Sex Marriage Protestors Petition for Dropped Charges

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The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) gathered a crowd of about 40 supporters outside city attorney Jan Goldsmith’s office Wednesday afternoon for a brief rally before proceeding to Goldsmith’s office to deliver a petition demanding misdemeanor charges be ...

Resident Accusing SDG&E Of Depleting Water Levels

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Just days after a state energy commission halted helicopter use on SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink, complaints about the project continue to flood in. Now, some residents are accusing the utility company of "assaulting" the city's water reservoirs. During a meeting of ...

Court Orders ACORN Scandal Filmmaker to Turn Over Videos

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Conservative activist/filmmaker James O’Keefe (pictured) has been ordered to turn over all video footage and other media captured relating to the "nonconsensual taping or recording of others," when visiting Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) offices in National ...

San Diego Library Foundation Needs $25 million

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Mel Katz and Judith Harris from San Diego's Library Foundation are confident they can raise the $25 million needed for Downtown's new Central Library by the end of the year. "Today is one of the first days that Mel [Katz] ...

Spanos Slow to Make Good on $10 Million Sac State Stadium Pledge

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Is Alex Spanos and his family running short on cash? Most likely not, but Sacramento-based Capitol Weekly, which bills itself as "the newspaper of California government and politics," is reporting that the Chargers owner hasn't paid up on the bulk ...

Dogs Poisoned in Ocean Beach

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Fliers went up across southern Ocean Beach yesterday seeking help in locating the killer of two dogs, Ed and Delilah. According to the notice, the animals were fed hot dogs laced with poison by an unknown person. “The deaths were ...

Fletcher Picks Up Endorsement From Former Democratic Senator

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Republican Nathan Fletcher’s mayoral campaign has picked up another official backer — former Democratic state assemblyman and senator Wadie P. Deddeh. Deddeh’s claim to fame is as the first Iraqi-born American to ever hold elected office in the United States, ...

County Supervisors Approve New Political Boundaries

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San Diego County supervisors formally adopted new boundaries during a September 27 hearing. While the new political map, good until 2021, shuffles the communities of La Jolla and Fairbanks Ranch to new districts, the largest change in the political lines ...

Perry, Brown Likely No-Shows at Ensenada Border Governors Confab

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The U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference starts tomorrow in Ensenada with both high hopes and major fears. The event has been held annually for more than two decades, intended to help governors of the four U.S. and six Mexican border states ...

Governor Brown Shoots Down Hueso's State Bank Idea

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On Monday, September 26, Governor Jerry Brown returned San Diego Assemblyman Ben Hueso's bill to create a task force tasked with establishing a state bank. Earlier this month, the State Assembly approved the bill which would have directed task force ...

Trash Contract Goes to Bid

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San Diego’s City Council, led by Kevin Faulconer and with the endorsement of Mayor Jerry Sanders, yesterday approved a proposal to put management of the city’s Mirimar Landfill out to competitive bid by a 5-3 vote. Tony Young, Carl DeMaio, ...

Carriers' U-T Case Certified as Class Action

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Superior Court Judge Lisa Foster on Sept. 21 ruled that a suit by 1,300 newspaper carriers against the Union-Tribune can be certified as a class action. The carriers charge that they were misclassified as independent contractors when they were actually ...

SD Home Values Gain Slightly in July

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San Diego County home values inched up 0.1% in July from June, according to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller released this morning (Sept. 27). That compares unfavorably with a 0.9% gain for the top 20 metro areas, and is less than the ...

Tea Party Protests Upon Obama's Departure

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As President Barack Obama arrives for a brief fund-raising visit before heading off to Los Angeles, a group of local protestors are gearing up to give the Commander in Chief an “Obama-welcoming Tea Party.” The catch – they’re not convinced ...

La Jolla's Kayak Lobby Facing Epic Battle

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The great war of the La Jolla Shores kayak vendors is about to enter its next major round, and in light of its colorful history of political fireworks along with well-timed campaign contributions, as chronicled by Moss Gropen on our ...

Report Documents Border Patrol Abuses

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No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, a group based out of Tucson, Arizona that provides humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the US/Mexico border illegally, has released a new report documenting the abuse of immigrants in the custody of the US Border ...

Borrego's Problems Keep Mounting

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Psst...want a golf course? Free? In late May, Encinitas-based Geyser Holdings closed escrow on the 3100-acre Montesoro housing project in Borrego Springs for a low but unannounced price. Geyser expected to sell the golf course; it didn't happen. At one ...

Where Does the Navy Stand on Managed Competition at Miramar Landfill

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During a city-council meeting on September 26, city staff will present the preliminary statement of work required to implement managed competition at the City's Miramar Landfill. The statement of work is the first step in finding private companies to conduct ...

Russian Covets GA's Attack Drone Success

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The English version of the Moscow Times website is out with an an op-ed piece heaping praise on La Jolla's General Atomics and the success of its Predator drones, operated by the CIA in Pakistan and other war zones around ...

Arts Report Shows San Diegans, Californians Consume More Than Most Americans

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The James Irvine Foundation, a California civic and cultural booster group, recently commissioned a study by Markusen Economic Research focusing on how (and how often) Californians took advantage of art and cultural opportunities. The group finds that in 2008, the ...

Juvenile Fined Big for Trolley Graffiti

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San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System is celebrating a win in court today, as an unnamed juvenile was ordered to pay $14,710 in restitution for vandalism damage to MTS property. The vandal’s graffiti was identified by Graffiti Tracker, an online system ...

Two More SD Specials: Ponzi, Real Estate Swindle

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The U.S. Attorney's office today (Sept. 22) announced two more scams for which the county has become known. John Clement of Encinitas pleaded guilty to operating a $4.9 million Ponzi scheme. He was promising investors 1.5% to 2% per month ...

Golden Hill Residents Aren't MAD Anymore

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Today, a state appeals judge ruled that the City "improperly inflated" the voting in order to create the Greater Golden Hill Maintenance Assessment District back in August 2007. The court ruled the district "invalid." Golden Hill's MAD has been a ...

Report Cites Escalating Poverty Levels

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The non-profit Center on Policy Initiatives has released “San Diego: Home of the Working Poor,” a report that paints a rather dim picture on the state of the region. The report analyzes data provided by the US Census Bureau’s annual ...

Two San Diegans Make Forbes 400

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Two San Diegans made the list of the 400 richest Americans published by Forbes Magazine. Money manager Charles Brandes is number 331 with an estimated wealth of $1.3 billion, even though his stock investment returns have been disappointing in recent ...

Hedgecock Endorses DeMaio for Mayor

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Carl DeMaio's campaign announced that conservative radio-talk show host Roger Hedgecock has endorsed DeMaio for Mayor of San Diego. “Leadership is about more than just talk or slogans,” stated Hedgecock. “Carl DeMaio has provided the innovative ideas to solve our ...

Issa's Digital Deputy Takes Free Trip to Turkey

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It was off to Turkey last month for an aide to North County GOP congressman Darrell Issa, thanks to the American-Turkish Council, which bills itself as a "Business Association dedicated to enhancing the promotion of US-Turkish Commercial, Defense, Technology and ...

DeMaio's Plan to Save Our Streets

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Carl DeMaio is the man with a plan to Save Our Streets from potholes. His new SOS initiative, rolled out yesterday, claims it can raise between $335 million and $497 million over the next five years to be poured into ...

Port to Discuss Vendors Along Bay

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Some vendors selling their art and jewelery at small stands along San Diego Bay are accusing Harbor Police officers of harassment and of violating their First Amendment rights. They claim officers are picking on individual stands while allowing others to ...

Democrats Announce Endorsements For "Non-Partisan" City Elections

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The San Diego County Democratic Party last night announced endorsements for the mayoral race and city council seats in San Diego. Although these positions are officially non-partisan in nature due to California state law, it’s common for candidates to openly ...

City Announces Marketing Partnership Agreements With Toyota and Sprint

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In an attempt to generate revenue and savings and to "minimize the perception" that the city has become "corporatized", a city committee agreed on Wednesday to enter into a marketing partnership with Sprint and Toyota. The two partnerships will bring ...

Local Tourism Keeps Rising

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San Diego hotel occupancy through August continues to pick up, according to the latest data from Smith Travel Research. Year-to-date through August, occupancy at local lodging places was 71.5%, up from 69.1% for the same period last year. However, San ...

Arms Trial of Coronado-Based SEAL Opens in Las Vegas

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Opening arguments in the arms smuggling trial of Coronado-based Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle began Monday in a Las Vegas federal courtroom, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported. "Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Smith said the government 'brick by brick' would 'build ...

Motorist Crashes Into Building, Flees

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El Cajon Police are seeking the help of the public in apprehending the driver of a Nissan Maxima that crashed into a commercial building at 532 East Main Street at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The Café Baghdad and ...

San Diego Named 7th Best City

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Bloomberg Businessweek is out with a list of the best U.S. cities based on such criteria as the number of restaurants, bars and museums per capita; number of colleges, libraries, and professional sports teams; the income, poverty, unemployment, crime and ...

Lawsuits, Petition Drive Aim to Block New District Maps

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The California Republican Party has embarked on its campaign to undo the work of the independent commission charged with redrawing the state’s congressional districts. The commission was created as a result of voter approval of Prop 11 in 2008, which ...

Legally Blind Man Gearing Up to Sail Around the World

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Dennis Howard has his sight, all 5 percent of it, set on sailing around the world on his 20-foot sailboat, The Avalo. The 62-year-old former hospital executive turned musician spent much of his life on the water. That changed five ...

AMN Healthcare Facing $1600 Lobbying Fine

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Del Mar Heights-based AMN Healthcare has agreed to pay $1600 to the state's Political Fair Practices Commission for "failure to timely file quarterly lobbyist employer statements" covering July through December of last year, according to a proposed stipulation agreement on ...

USD Gets $600K to Attract Women, Minorities to Sciences

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Last week two $600,000 grants were awarded in Southern California by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of female professors, particularly females of minority origin, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. UC Riverside and the University of San ...

Head of El Cajon Meth-Ring Sentenced To 14 Years

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On September 16, a U.S. District Judge sentenced local meth-pusher Luis Carlos "Tiny" Barragan to 14 years in federal prison, said U.S. District Attorney Laura Duffy in a press release. Barragan was the leader of a meth-distribution ring, which stretched ...

Licensed Fiduciary Gets 18 Months for Fund Diversion

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Teresa Laggner, a licensed fiduciary, was sentenced today (Sept. 19) to 18 months in custody and ordered to pay $471,000 in restitution for defrauding trust beneficiaries. From 2006 through early 2011, she managed bank accounts holding valuable assets for the ...

San Diego Tax Revenue Sharply Down

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Audit information released by the City last week reveals some surprisingly sharp declines in tax revenue. Consider, for example, transient occupancy (hotel) tax revenue for fiscal 2010, which goes from mid-year 2009 to mid-year 2010. Receipts for 2010 from that ...

Dumanis Campaign Draws New Supporters

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After a period without much making much noise, the Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor campaign appears to be ramping up. This afternoon she announced some new political backers: Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, and California Board of Equalization Vice-Chair Michelle Steel. This ...

In Wake of Durkee Allegations, Davis Throws a Fundraiser

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Fresh from revelations that Burbank-based campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee allegedly looted over $250,000 from the campaign treasurery of Susan Davis, the Democratic congresswoman held her annual evening fundraising reception Saturday night at the Mission Hills mansion of ex-Port Commissioner Laurie ...

Issa Responds To President's Plan to Save Postal Service

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In his new deficit reduction plan, President Obama supports a plan that would end Saturday mail delivery for the U.S. Postal Service.With hopes of reforming the cash-strapped postal service, the President also supports transferring $7 billion from a retirement fund ...

Business Reps, Local Pols Off to Washington

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The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is sending a delegation to Washington, D.C. this week, to “advocate, promote and align support for key regional priorities, including water and energy, border-related issues, immigration, military and Homeland Security, technology, hospitality, housing, ...

"Lady Catarina" Goes to Trial Tomorrow

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"Lady Catarina Pietra Tourmei," with an address in Rancho Santa Fe, goes on trial tomorrow, (Monday, Sept. 19) in federal court in Manhattan. She is one of three persons charged with trying to peddle valuable goods while falsely claiming to ...

La Madrid Associate Gets 51 Months

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Moises Pacheco, a partner of Matthew "Beau" La Madrid, was sentenced today (Sept. 16) to 51 months in prison for, among several things, running a Ponzi scheme. Before 2005, Pacheco worked with La Madrid, his high school chum. Then Pacheco ...

Local Unemployment Dips Moderately

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The San Diego County unemployment rate for August was 10.2%, down from a revised 10.6% in July and below the 10.7% of a year ago, according to the California Employment Development Department. Nonfarm employment grew by 200 jobs from July ...

Dumanis Responds to California's High Unemployment Rate

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According to the Labor Department, California's unemployment rate is the second highest in the country, behind Nevada. The August jobs report shows the state with a 12.1 percent unemployment rate. Moments after the data was released, District attorney and mayoral ...

Children's Hospital Approaches Fund-Raising Goals

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Rady Children’s Hospital today announced progress on the Campaign for Rady’s, which it bills as ”what will be the second largest completed fundraising campaign in San Diego history.” The campaign has raised $208 million since its inception in 2007, with ...

SDSU, UCSD Receive $1M to Expand Computer Courses

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San Diego State University and UC San Diego’s San Diego Supercomputer Center have announced the receipt of grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $1 million over the next three years. The money will be used to expand computer sciences ...

Credit Card Thief On The Loose in North County

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San Diego Sheriff's Deputies are offering a $1,000 reward for help identifying a woman suspected of pick-pocketing older-female shoppers and using the stolen credit cards at retail stores and for cash advances. The first incident occurred on June 2 at ...

FBI Searches Business and Home of Bob White Associate

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The FBI has searched the Fontana home and business of former GOP state senator, Jim Brulte (pictured), currently an associate with California Strategies, the Sacramento-based political consulting and lobbying operation founded by Bob White, longtime aide to Pete Wilson during ...

August Foreclosure Data Released

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Updated stats for August were released on Tuesday by mortgage default trackers ForeclosureRadar. It’s mostly bad news across the board. Properties entering foreclosure for the first time are up in every state in the union, primarily driven by increased foreclosure ...

Poll Shows DeMaio In The Lead For Mayor

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Councilmember Carl DeMaio is the frontrunner in the race to become San Diego's next Mayor, at least that is what a poll from DeMaio supporter Richard Bailey found. The poll, conducted on September 7 to the 10th, asked 945 voters ...

Ducheny Enters Race for Congress, Will Spar With Vargas

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As expected, this morning former state Senator Denise Ducheny formally announced her candidacy for the 51st Congressional District seat, which is being vacated by mayoral candidate Bob Filner. The move was foreshadowed two weeks ago when she submitted a letter ...

Sanders Aide, Judges, and Kehoe Join For "Political Bootcamp"

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A self-described progressive advocacy group Run Women Run is linking up with the San Diego County Bar Association and Lawyers Club of San Diego to stage a "political boot camp" for women next month. It features a list of high-powered ...

Beach Closures Lifted

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On Wednesday, County health reopened the coastline at Torrey Pines, Bayside Park, Del Mar after the September 8 blackout caused more than 2 million gallons of sewage to seep into waterways across the county. The blackout shut down sewage pumps ...

Class-Action Suit Alleges Negligence Caused Blackouts

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Less than a week has passed since the lights came back on and a class-action lawsuit has already been filed against the utilities involved in the power outage spanning the afternoon of September 8 into the morning of September 9. ...

Haymet's Scripps Job Pulled From Regents Agenda

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The item on today's closed session agenda of the University of California's Regents compensation committee regarding the Scripps Institution of Oceanography directorship now held by Tony Haymet has been quietly stricken. As first reported here September 9, the regents docketed ...

El Cajon Police Receive Assistance Corralling Rowdy Drunk

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El Cajon Police last night arrested a 45 year-old transient who’s being accused of robbery and assaulting a police officer. Around 9:30 p.m., a security guard attempted to confront Richard Nevett, who was leaving a Fresh & Easy grocery store ...

Psychiatrist's Talk of Rap Sheet Voids Pot Conviction

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A psychiatrist's testimony about an alleged pot smuggler's "rap sheet" has resulted in reversal by the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals of defendant Brad Ray Santini's San Diego federal district court conviction for attempting to cross the border at ...

Uptown Residents Want Uptown Partnership Gone For Good

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The saga continues for residents of Uptown who want to see the end of Uptown Partnership, the nonprofit responsible for administering the community parking district in Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Five Points, and Banker's Hill. They say the parking agency's time ...

Atheists, Agnostics, Scientists Protest Creation Museum

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The San Diego New Atheists and Agnostics, a group with over 700 registered members, has announced plans for a “positive protest” at the Creation and Earth History Museum on Saturday, September 24. “I've tried the angry-atheist thing before and, believe ...

Historical Designation of Lund House Stands...For Now

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Carolyn Kutzke purchased a 1923 Craftsman-style home in University Heights with an "airport-style" bungalow on Madison Avenue in June 2010. Kutzke, a Point Loma-resident and owner of several historic properties, purchased the home with intentions to move a more historic ...

Vargas Attacks Ducheny with Drunk-Driving Comment

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State senator Juan Vargas has gone on the offensive against both the California Unemployment Appeals Board and potential rivals for the federal House of Representatives post being vacated by Bob Filner in his mayoral bid. Yesterday Vargas announced that he ...

Local Ex-Medical Fraudster Loses Contract

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Satori World Medical, which refers to a fourth-floor Mission Valley office as its “world headquarters,” has lost its contract with the city of Hartford, Connecticut, to provide “medical tourism” services to city employees. Under such an agreement, Satori provides airfare ...

State Bar Looking at Shames Again

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The State Bar of California is once again looking into legal activities of Michael Shames, co-founder and head of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), a utility watchdog. As I reported earlier, the bar recently closed a probe of Shames's activities. ...

Group to Call on Politicians to Halt Climate Change

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Nearly thirty organizations have joined forces to form the Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future Coalition, which will push local elected representatives to further promote solutions to climate change. The group announced a rally in Balboa Park to ...

Fabiani's Partner Making Movie About Flawed Politicos

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It's not about the Chargers stadium saga, but Chris Lehane, longtime business associate of the team's lobbying honcho Mark Fabiani, has written a movie starring Rob Lowe that takes some big shots at politicians and journalists, according to the website ...

City Council Upset Over No-Show By County Supes

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"Is anyone here from the County? Raise your hand...anyone." That was the question from councilmember Carl DeMaio during a September 12 council meeting, after a presentation from CCDC's Jeff Graham on a 5-Year plan aimed at ending homelessness in Downtown ...

Seeking Solutions for Nuclear Waste Storage

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The Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility has released a letter addressed to the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear Waste, a group tasked with exploring long-term solutions for the management of spent nuclear fuel. In the open letter, the ...

SDPD Sex Crimes Detective Charges Sexual Harassment

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According to a complaint filed in San Diego Superior Court on September 8 posted on the website of Courthouse News Service, veteran San Diego Police sex crimes unit detective Deborah W. Burger is suing the department for "numerous egregious instances ...

A Blow to Chula Vista Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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On Tuesday, September 13 Chula Vista's elected officials will discuss whether to deliver the final blow for those looking to open storefront marijuana dispensaries. At tomorrow's hearing, the council will consider creating a new chapter in the municipal code that ...

Kehoe Passes Legislation on I-5 Improvements

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State Senator Christine Kehoe last week announced the passage of her Senate Bill 468 by a 61-16 vote in the Assembly, the final hurdle before being sent to Governor Brown for signature. The bill focuses on planned expansion of Interstate ...

Power Outage Cost Local Economy $100 Million

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The National University System Institute for Policy Research estimates that the power outage of September 8 and 9 conservatively sucked $97 million to $118 million out of the local economy. The calculation is based on these estimates: length of disruption ...

Indian Casino Adds Electric Car Chargers

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Pala Casino Spa & Resort recently became the first in San Diego County to install electrical vehicle supply equipment at its facility. Yesterday the casino unveiled two BLINK charging systems in its west garage. Andrew Hoskinson, area manager for ECOtality, ...

A Response to the Grand Jury Report on New City Hall

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The city's independent budget analyst teamed up with the Centre City Development Corporation and the mayor's office to craft a response to a San Diego County Grand Jury report that raised red flags regarding a proposal to build a new ...

Hotel Tax Does Not Apply to Online Travel Companies

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The City of San Diego can not collect the full amount of hotel taxes from online travel companies, a California state court ruled earlier this week. Like many other cities across the country, officials in San Diego are asking online ...

Regents Agenda Sparks Curiosity About Scripps Future

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It was five years ago last month that Tony Haymet (pictured) was appointed as the tenth director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. The chemist and Australian national science administrator arrived in mid-September of 2006 with a full ...

Sewage Spills Close Area Beaches

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Two sewage spills caused by yesterday’s power outage have caused health officials to close a number of beaches across the county. All beaches north of Scripps Pier through Del Mar and Solana Beach have been deemed unsafe after 3.2 million ...

Fletcher, Brown Partner on Tax Proposal

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On Thursday, September 8, state assemblyman and San Diego mayoral hopeful Nathan Fletcher joined fellow GOP assemblyman Cameron Smyth in announcing a deal struck with governor Jerry Brown concerning the collection of corporate taxes. “By closing a corporate loophole that ...

Romney Extends Public Review Process for Mansion Expansion

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Architects hired to remodel Mitt Romney's La Jolla Shores home are giving the public additional time to review the presidential candidate's mansion expansion. The project calls for demolishing Romey's existing $12 million, single-story 3,009 square-foot home to make room for ...

Local Restaurant Franchiser Buys Advertising Company

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San Diego’s Papa Bello Enterprises, operators of four small restaurant chains, announced this morning that the company has acquired control of Blow Me Away Media, an advertising firm based in Corona. "This acquisition follows the strategy that was referenced in ...

Kehoe Bill on Conflict of Interest Oversight Signed Into Law

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Governor Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 801, introduced by San Diego’s Senator Christine Kehoe. The bill will serve to increase oversight on Statements of Economic Interest filed by appointees of the Governor and Legislature, who serve on various ...

Lorie Zapf Supports Push To Curb RV Parking

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Councilmember Lorie Zapf is in favor of a plan from Kevin Faulconer that would place strict regulations on where owners of RVs and other oversized vehicles can park. The proposed ordinance, expected to be rolled out in the coming months, ...

DUI Checkpoints in Pacific Beach Result in High Arrest Count

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San Diego Police are reporting a considerably higher than usual rate of success with a pair of local DUI checkpoints set up over the weekend. One of the strongest contributing factors were the choice of checkpoint locations: the 2600 block ...

Durkee Got Token San Diego Ethics Fine

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Professional Democratic treasurer Kinde Durkee of Burbank was arrested last week on federal charges that she allegedly stole more than $677,000 from Orange County Assemblyman Jose Solorio; used her clients' campaign funds as giant piggybanks for trips to Disneyland, ice ...

County Supes Set to Verify E-Verify

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On Tuesday, September 12 County supervisors will consider implementing the E-Verify system. E-Verify, otherwise known as the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System, will screen all candidates for county jobs using data from the Department of Homeland Security and the Social ...

3 Year-Old Dead From Falling Furniture

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A three-year-old girl died on Tuesday night in Encinitas after she was struck by falling furniture in her family's garage. Homicide detectives are investigating the North County home after the Medical Examiner's Office informed the Sheriff's Department of the young ...

Catholic Priest Writes Book on Ministering to Gays

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A controversial retired Catholic priest has penned a new book aimed at helping parishes that seek to reach out to homosexuals. And it doesn't focus on changing their orientation. James Schexnayder’s book, Setting the Table: Preparing Catholic Parishes to Welcome ...

City Audits Mean Big Savings

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From January to June of this year, San Diego's City Auditor identified $20.2 million in potential savings. According to a September 2 report from the City Auditor's office, the six-months worth of potential savings is the largest amount since the ...

Fewer Free Flu Shots

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A cache of 36,690 flu vaccines are on their way to San Diego, where they’ll be made available free of charge to low-income county residents. That count is down drastically from last year’s 65,500, meaning many more uninsured San Diegans ...

Superstore Bill Draws Legions of Lobbyists

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The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch website has launched a new searchable database of who is lobbying which bills in the state legislature, though it doesn't say on what side they're on. A good sample search is SB 469, ...

Dropping Pawn Shops in National City

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City councilmembers in National City will consider enacting an emergency ban on new pawnshops, secondhand stores, and precious metal buy-back stores during a council meeting tonight. A crackdown on pawn shops was first discussed in April as a way to ...

A New Hope For Endangered Animals

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Scientists at the San Diego Zoo and Scripps Research Institute may be on the verge of a breakthrough that could prove to be the lifeline needed to save many endangered species. Studies will begin with the critically endangered northern white ...

Coronado: Where the Living Is Easy

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Residents of Coronado love their community. According to results from The National Citizen Survey, the only aspects that Coronadoans don't like about their community is traffic and the lack of public transportation in their community. The survey, commissioned by the ...

Chilean Stealth Sub Visiting San Diego

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The Chilean navy's Carrera, a diesel-electric submarine, has arrived for a training mission with the 3rd Fleet in San Diego, Navy Times reports. The latest generation of diesel-electric subs, with their unusual stealthiness and relatively low price have become troublesome ...

Controversy Over Minors' Right to Prevent STDs

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Conservatives of all stripes are expressing alarm over the recent passage of California Assembly Bill 499, introduced by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego. If signed by Governor Brown, the bill would allow minors 12 years of age or older ...

Coronado Hanging Death Ruled Suicide

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San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore said today that the death of Rebecca Nalepa was a suicide. In July, she was found nude with a rope around her neck and her hands and feet bound at the home of Jonah ...

Audit Cites Improper Use of State Car by Fish and Game Worker

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The California Department of Fish and Game has been criticized by the state Auditor's office for letting an employee use a state car to commute between her home in San Diego and Fish and Game's Los Alamitos office, costing taxpayers ...

Charges Filed Against Former Owners of SD Zoo's Elephants

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Complaints lodged by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has resulted in charges being filed against a Florida circus, the group reports. The charges date back to a 2009 incident in which two elephants, Tina and Jewell, were taken ...

Harbor Police Arrest Bike Thief

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San Diego Harbor Police officers arrested a man accused of leading a bike theft ring along the San Diego Embarcadero. The September 1 arrest comes after months of searching for the suspect accused of ripping off seven bikes worth approximately ...

U.S. Had Zero Job Growth in August

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The U.S. economy added no jobs in August, the government announced this morning (Sept. 2). Economists had expected a gain of 53,000 jobs. The unemployment rate stayed at 9.1%. The most depressing part of the picture was, perhaps, that 42.9% ...

Nurses Call For Stock Trading Tax

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Labor groups representing nurses, postal workers, machinists, and others converged on Representative Darrell Issa’s Vista office this morning. The crowd, which approached 200 in number, was assembled by National Nurses United. The group is mobilizing 10,000 nurses and supporters today ...

Index Points to Little San Diego Hiring

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The San Diego Workforce Index, compiled by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, declined for the second straight month in July. Local job losses, sagging consumer confidence, and a slight rise in the unemployment rate weighed heavily on the index. "I ...

Food Trucks Moving Closer to Oceanside

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"If I'm a small business [owner], I'd probably go ballistic over this," said Oceanside city councilmember Jack Feller during last night's hearing. The meeting was the first opportunity for the city council to weigh in on over allowing food trucks ...

Top Bersin Aide Quits for Consulting Gig

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Ex-Nogales Mayor Marco Antonio López Jr. has announced he's quitting his job as second-in-command to U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Alan Bersin to “pursue other opportunities in the private sector," according to Arizona newspapers. "Without elaborating, López said he ...

Muslim Group Launches Blood Drive to Honor 9/11 Victims

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Today marks the kickoff of the Muslims for Life campaign – an effort by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to donate 10,000 units of blood via blood drives across America throughout the month of September. The group says its goal is ...

Planning Group To Discuss New Hillcrest DMV...

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On Tuesday, September 6, members of Uptown's planning group will discuss the upcoming development of a new DMV building on Normal Street. The facility, if approved, will be a joint development project between the State and private developer Lankford and ...

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