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The Best Money Can Buy

By Ross Becker It is stunning, these days, how much it costs to run for public office. I scoured the Internet looking for references to the numbers and found some examples.   Some candidates brag they spent less than $100 to win a local office.  Meg Whitman has spent nearly $120 million of her own money to become California governor.  The…

Del Mar reaches a deal to by fairgrounds for $120 million

A preliminary agreement for the city of Del Mar to purchase the property from the state for $120 million was reached behind closed doors. The deal only became known when legislation to authorize the sale was introduced late Wednesday. Last year, during yet another budget crisis, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed selling many of the state's properties for much needed cash. The…

UC San Diego students protest budget cuts and fee hikes

Thousands of students across California and the U.S. took part in a National Day of Action Thursday, for public education. Here in San Diego students at UC San Diego rallied at the Geisel Library Thursday morning and marched through campus. Students are angry about tuition hikes and budget shortfalls in the state's public education system. For many students their tuition…

Chamber endorses Prop D

The Chamber of Commerce voted 20-to-13 Thursday morning to endorse the tax hike. While this is a big victory for the mayor the vote has split the business community, with about 40 percent of small business owners voting no. For starters Mayor Sanders has built up years of credibility with business leaders, and many of his professional friends would find…

Carmel Valley Gas Leak

Some streets are being shutdown in Carmel Valley because of a natural gas leak at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. At this time there doesn't appear to be any immediate danger but traffic is being directed away from the area.  

The Pink Party Breast Cancer Benefit

Join us on October 16th, 2010, as shades of pink take over The House of Blues San Diego. Your body will be captivated with live music from Electronica revolutionaries – Soul in The Machine, and internationally acclaimed DJ's, and performers. Watch the stage light up as local designers showcase their latest collections in our signature high-fashion runway show. Celebrate the…

California: Unemployment Up Against A Wall

By Ross Becker Like all of the candidates seem to say, we are talking jobs today in the Digital Notebook.  There are some new, independent numbers out from Bloomberg and from the Gallup polling people and they are showing us what we are feeling.  If you are an older worker, it's tough.  If you don't have a college degree, it's…

Three Coast Guard Officers court martialed

Three Coast Guard officers will stand trial for a boat crash that killed an 8-year-old boy. Anthony Deweese died last December when a Coast Guard vessel crashed into his family's boat during the “parade of lights” on the San Diego Bay. The Coast Guard ordered the officers to be court-martialed after reviewing a report stating there was no legal justification…

Fire destroys makeshift “shanty town” in Chula Vista

A fire destroyed a makeshift “shanty town” in Chula Vista early Wednesday morning. Several outbuildings were leveled and 2 people were injured, but as it turns out those people shouldn't have been there in the first place. All that's left of a small community of motor homes are metal trailers and a wooden shed. What caused the fire is under…

Police chief outlines proposed budget cuts

San Diego's police chief says public safety is at risk if Prop D does not pass. The Police Department will have to come up with $15.9 million to cut from their 2012 budget. Chief William Landsdowne said the Mayor told him to respond to the proposed budget cuts, and his response was that the Police Department could possibly lose 169…

A Wonderful Country

By Ross Becker I could not help but notice two events in Washington, D.C. today that underline the vision and wisdom of our founding fathers.  At the White House, President Obama handed a small piece of metal to a mother and father whose son was killed in Afghanistan.  The Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller symbolizes…

Fiorina meets with San Diego Latino business community

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina met with San Diego's Latino business community in a town hall meeting Tuesday. With a month left before the November election, keeping and creating jobs in California remains a key issue. Fiorina found a welcoming audience, “it's not just the recession hammering small businesses,” she says, taking aim at the federal government and her…

The Bad News and The Good News

By Ross Becker Most politicians, pundits and prognosticators agree that Democrats will get hammered in this year's mid-term elections.  But, there is a silver lining for Democrats to that kind of potential “beat-down”, according to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In an interview with the German news magazine, Der Spiegel, Schwarzenegger says a Republican controlled house means a better chance for…

City Council votes to increase members’ pension contributions

In the 2011 San Diego budget, the taxpayers contributed roughly $4,000 per council member towards their pensions. In government “lingo” this is known as the “offset.” Tuesday's vote was to shift that cost back to the council members. By accepting a cut in take home pay, the council members wanted to show the public they are leading by example. According…

Man convicted of rape and triple murder in home invasion

It's been called the most grisly crime in Connecticut history. A mother and her two daughters killed while the father was left clinging to life after being severely beaten. Today, a jury convicted one of the two suspects who terrorized the Petit family. 47-year-old Steven Hayes, a paroled burglar, was convicted today of murdering the woman and her two daughters,…