North County

Puhleeze: DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint, Sheriff’s drones, county homicide rate

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint deja vu March 11 When exactly one alleged DUI driver is stopped out of 1,393 vehicles at the last Escondido DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint, but you have a $309,726 grant to set up DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, what do you do? Obviously, set up another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint. That’s going to be the case on Friday, March 11. The checkpoint will be set up…


Powerball sugar plums danced in their heads

Californians led the nation in Powerball sales, spending $59.1 million by 7 p.m. Saturday, when sales closed. Powerball fans: It was a good day to be a local lottery retailer, maybe not so good to be a lottery ticket buyer. Don’t tell Powerball ticket buyers that, though, because every one of them Saturday, before 7 p.m. or so, forked over their $2 for tickets, sometimes…


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! $7M lotto ticket sold Christmas Eve at Nordahl Liquor

Who is it, you, to whom Santa brought a very supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday bounty down the chimney on Christmas Eve? Or is it a discarded scrap sitting amiably in an unattended drawer somewhere along the Highway 78 corridor around the Great Grapevine? Only the Shadow, possibly Santa, Mary Poppins and state lottery officials know. And they’re not telling. It’s all over but the shouting at Nordahl…


North County Transit District comes clean about leadership after costly court battle

The North County Transit District has turned over a leadership assessment summary after more than a year of legal back-and-forth between inewsource and the public agency, at a cost to both organizations of more than a quarter-million dollars in combined legal fees. A San Diego public transportation agency spent more than $100,000 to fight a public records act request, eventually producing a partial summary of a leadership…


Outside groups seen as crucial for Joel Anderson in San Diego supervisor race

Republican State Senator Joel Anderson’s campaign to dislodge fellow GOPer Dianne Jacob from her seat on the county Board of Supervisors in next June’s election has struggled to attract significant local funds, according to an inewsourceanalysis of campaign finance data covering the first six months of the year. State senator Joel Anderson is challenging fellow Republican Dianne Jacob, who has represented East County on the county…


Color Veteran’s Day red, white and blue at San Marcos and Escondido parks

More than 400 people joined the City of San Marcos for a Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate and thank the hometown veteran heroes on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Taking place from noon to 3 p.m. at Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road, the program celebrated local veterans though a formal military ceremony. Lunch was followed by a traditional reception with complimentary cake provided by Mission…


FBI statement on fraud sentencing for Casey Anthony attorney Todd Macaluso

San Diego attorney Todd Macaluso, whose practice included representing plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, was sentenced today to five months in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution and a $100,000 fine for engaging in a scheme to defraud clients and investors. Macaluso, who pleaded guilty in March, has admitted that he entered into funding agreements with investors that put his clients’ personal injury…


Lilac Hills Ranch pulls out its big PR gun: Driverless technology run by an app

And now this for proposed Lilac Hills Ranch, scheduled to begin its final approval process before San Diego County Supervisors on Wednesday, Oct. 28: Autonomous, or driverless, vehicles that would provide services to establish a more pedestrian-oriented community and more interconnected neighborhoods, according to Accretive president Jon Rilling. With all the controversy over leap-frog development approvals by San Diego County planning staff and possible circumvention of…


Unwanted firearms, bogus fire inspections, CSU faculty strike, hops

Unwanted firearms for Wal-mart gift cards, anyone? The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office is planning to use up to $28,500 in confiscated funds to offer Walmart gift cards to North County residents willing to turn over unwanted firearms. The latest installment of the department’s “Guns for Gift Cards” program is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the San Marcos station,…


21st San Diego Jewish Book Fair runs from Nov. 7 to Nov. 16

San Diego’s internationally recognized San Diego Jewish Book Fair celebrates its 21st year with many leading authors in their fields including: Steve Katz, David Gregory, Fern Mallis, Arlene Alda, Barney Frank, Jennifer Teege And Mitch Albom. Book Fair events will run from November 7 through November 16, and are presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs…