A Del Mar osteopath who sold painkiller prescriptions to addicts and drug dealers pleaded guilty in federal court Aug. 26 to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone.
William Joseph Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Sheppard.
The defendant — who had been indicted on 40 other counts of oxycodone distribution — pleaded guilty as jury selection was to begin in his trial.
Watson preached natural medical remedies on his website, but investigators said the doctor was writing prescriptions for hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax to drug dealers and addicts for up to $500 per prescription.
Watson, arrested in June 2013, was secretly recorded selling prescriptions to an undercover agent and an informant, authorities said.
A new committee on San Dieguito Union High School District’s school selection process will be formed this fall, in response to frustrations expressed by parents this summer when students didn’t get into their school of choice.
The district made the decision this year to admit all freshmen on the wait lists for Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito High School Academy, and both schools are at capacity. But there is still much work to be done for future years, according to Michael Grove, associate superintendent.
The San Dieguito Union High School District board has come out against the cap on school district reserves proposed by new legislation in the state. On Aug. 21, the board approved the adoption of a resolution in opposition to the local reserves cap, part of the Proposition 98 Rainy Day Fund.
Proposition 2 will go out to voters on the November ballot. If it passes and the state’s Rainy Day Fund is established, as soon as even a dime is dropped into the fund, school districts will be required to spend down the reserves.
There will be contested races in all local school districts except Solana Beach School District. The deadline for candidates to pull papers for the November election was Aug. 8 and all incumbents pulled papers so there was no deadline extension.
The candidate list follows, with identities/professions as listed at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters:
An unidentified man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 3445 Del Mar Heights Road on Thursday, Aug. 21, at about 2:31 p.m.
The suspect walked up to three different tellers and demanded money. No weapon was seen. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the bank westbound towards El Camino Real. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, 5’6,” 180 lbs., who was wearing a blue bandana over his mouth and nose, black sunglasses, a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. The San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit is investigating.
Del Mar and Solana Beach voters might head to the polls in November, but it won’t be to cast a ballot for their local council members.
Rather than hold fall elections, both councils opted to appoint council candidates during two special council meetings on Aug. 20.
To increasingly enrich education in the Solana Beach School District by bridging the gap between vital school needs and state funding, the Solana Beach Schools Foundation (SBSF) is introducing its new name, look, and feel. The refresh will also better communicate the purpose of the SBSF and the programs it funds.
Previously the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning, the SBSF supports Discovery Labs curriculum in science, technology, research, engineering, arts, math, (STREAM) and supplemental physical education by raising funds not provided by the State of California. Collaborating with classroom teachers, Discovery Labs instructors supplement the existing curriculum with hands-on, interdisciplinary lab-based activities.
After six years of planning and community input, the final environmental impact report for the proposed One Paseo mixed-use development for Carmel Valley was released last week, a document more than 7,000 pages long.
The final environmental impact report finds nine significant and unmitigatable impacts with One Paseo, eight of them related to traffic.
When Pat Ford brought his first case to the U.S. Supreme Court in April, focused on whether police need to get a search warrant before examining the contents of a criminal suspect’s cellphone, he knew the court had a range of options in making its decision.
The court could have sided with the state of California, which argued that no search warrant is needed. Or it could have forged a compromise between the two sides.
Kathlyn Mead, the newest member of the board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, attended her first board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Mead took her seat at the board table, and was welcomed by board president Fred Schenk and other members.
Mead, 55, a Democrat and resident of Escondido, was appointed to the fair board in June by Gov. Jerry Brown. In July, Mead was named president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Foundation.
Also in June, Brown announced the re-appointment of Schenk and 22nd DAA board member Lisa Barkett. Both were appointed to new four-year terms.