Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

SDG&E warns of utility scam

SDG&E warns of utility scam


sdgeSAN DIEGO — Utility officials warned the public Wednesday to beware of a scam that has been targeting San Diego Gas & Electric residential and business customers.

Unidentified con artists posing as utility employees have been telephoning potential victims and threatening to shut off their electricity and gas service unless an immediate payment is made, according to SDG&E.

The targeted customers are instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card, then directed to a phone number through which information is obtained from the card and the cash value removed.

SDG&E does not proactively telephone its customers to seek credit information and advises people to refrain from providing any such data over the phone unless they have initiated the call, according to the utility.

Anyone who receives such a contact or who has an outstanding service balance that needs to be resolved is asked to call SDG&E at 800-411-7343.

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Animal officials warn of parking-lot puppy peddlers

Animal officials warn of parking-lot puppy peddlers


Sick PuppySAN DIEGO — Animal welfare officials Tuesday urged prospective pet owners to beware of unscrupulous dealers who illegally peddle puppies — many in poor health or too young to sell — over the Internet, in parking lots, at swap meets and in other shady ways.

The San Diego Humane Society is taking “another step in the right direction to end animal suffering” by initiating a three-month sting operation designed to nab the perpetrators in the act, said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the agency.

“It’s the responsibility of every animal owner to make informed decisions when purchasing an animal so together we can protect these defenseless animals who aren’t getting the care they need,” he said.

Pet owners may wind up spending thousands of dollars on veterinary bills for a sick puppy that might eventually die as a result of poor nutrition and general lack of proper care during…

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Faulconer joins race for mayor

Faulconer joins race for mayor


SAN DIEGO — City Councilman Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate in the November special election for mayor of San Diego, a day after three major potential rivals said they would remain on the sidelines.

Faulconer was widely expected to enter the race to finish the term of Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace after nine months as the city’s chief executive. He is expected to gain the backing of the county Republican Party.

Faulconer, the senior member of the City Council in length of service, is to be termed-out next year. The representative of the city’s beach areas and Point Loma is a vocal proponent of a competitive bidding program called “managed competition” to create a leaner city government and was a leading critic of the state abolishing redevelopment agencies.

“I stand with my fellow San Diegans, and I’m ready to do my part to…

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Oracle hit with unprecedented penalties for cheating

Oracle hit with unprecedented penalties for cheating


SAN DIEGO – Four days before the start of the America’s Cup sailing race, the defending champion Oracle Team USA received penalties described as the harshest sanctions in the 162-year history of the event.

Oracle Team USAAn article on Yahoo Sports said that after a four-week investigation, an international jury found that the team made illegal modifications to prototype boats used in warm-up regattas last year and earlier this year.

The jury expelled a key sailor and two shore crewman from the team.  The team was also fined $250,000 and docked two points in the upcoming regatta against New Zealand.

The issue was based on the Oracle’s AC45 catamarans, which used a previous year’s model that was not part of this year’s Amerca’s Cup, according to a New York Times article.

“The rules infractions involved only a few of our 130 team members, and were done without the knowledge of either our…

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Teacher fired due to ex-husband sues diocese

Teacher fired due to ex-husband sues diocese


SAN DIEGO – A veteran teacher at a Catholic school who lost her job because school officials were worried that her ex-husband posed a danger to students and teachers has sued the Catholic diocese.

The lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court on behalf of Carie Charlesworth, 40, who was released from Holy Trinity School in El Cajon after 14 years as a teacher in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Kenneth Hoyt, alleges that the diocese violated a Catholic principle taught in Cathechism that “the ends do not justify the means.”

As a religious school, Holy Trinity is exempt from certain laws involving employment. But the lawsuit alleges that although Charlesworth was required by her contract to follow Catholic teachings, the diocese, in not renewing her contract, violated those same teachings.

The suit alleges breach of contract…

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California may let non-citizens serve on juries

California may let non-citizens serve on juries


[trib_ndn vid=25127154]SAN DIEGO — California could soon become the first state in the nation to give non-citizens the right to serve on jurors.

Assembly Bill 1401 would allow legal non-permanent residents the right to serve on a jury.

Under current law, only U.S. citizens can serve on juries, but many immigration rights advocates believe those who live in the United States legally but are not citizens should also have that right.

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 8.07.21 PMThere are people who’ve been in the United States for many, many years and for one reason or another have chosen or cannot become U.S. citizens, but feel part of their communities,” said immigration rights advocate Pedro Rios.

It’s why he and others are calling on California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the bill, but republicans who unanimously voted against the bill, claim non-citizens aren’t familiar enough with the American legal system and its values to serve in…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 4, 2013

At 10:00 Councilman Kevin Faulconer will announce his decision to run or not for San Diego Mayor. Yesterday both congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and councilman slash interim mayor Todd Gloria both bowed out. Everyone expects Faulconer to jump into the race with the support of San Diego’s Republican Party. The other two major names in the race are Nathan Fletcher and Mike Aguirre both Democrats. Aguirre said he will run on the FOX5 Morning News but is going to make his official announcement this afternoon.

It’ll be interesting to see if having two Democrats on the ballot will make it easier for Faulconer a Republican

The election is November 19th and if no single candidate get more that 50 percent of the votes the top two will have a run off.

At 8:00 AM the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is meeting for a breakfast forum and on the agenda California’s controversial Proposition 13. Prop 13 affects property tax rules. It makes it so that your tax burden is based on the value of the property at the time you buy your house. Because schools get their funding from property tax this that means in older neighborhoods the schools get less funding. However it also means that people who have lived in their homes for a long time won’t have to worry about having their taxes raised beyond their ability to pay.

In a related story the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved restoring the concessions that district employees made last year. The concessions were made to help with the district’s budget shortfall. But now the School Board thinks the money will be there and they are giving teachers a retroactive pay raise of 2%.

Today is the last day for this season’s horse races at the Del Mar Racetrack. First post is at 2:00 PM

And finally tonight at 6:00 the San Diego Chargers Girls will unveil this year’s swimsuit calendar. Some of the profits from the sale of the calendar will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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