Monthly Archives: May 2013

Free tuberculosis testing for students

Free tuberculosis testing for students

tuberculosisSAN DIEGO — Free tuberculosis testing for students will be offered at the San Diego Community College Continuing Education Mid-City campus on Tuesday because someone associated with the school has been diagnosed with the disease and may have exposed others.

The period of potential exposure was from Jan. 30 to April 9, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

“TB usually requires many hours of close, indoor contact to spread to others, so most people who are exposed in classrooms do not get infected or develop the disease,” said Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s deputy public health officer.

County health officials said free testing for students will be offered at the campus at 3792 Fairmount Ave. on Tuesday, but people can also be tested by their own doctor.

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. When TB does occur…

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State OKs minimum wage increase

State OKs minimum wage increase

SACRAMENTO — The Assembly voted on Thursday to increase the minimum wage in California over the next three years, hiking it from $8 an hour to $9.25.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), the author of the bill, said higher wages would “allow our families to provide for their children, pay their bills and give them dignity and respect.”

Starting in 2017, the bill would also require the state to increase the minimum wage at a rate equivalent to inflation.

The legislation now goes to the state Senate. Previous efforts by Alejo have stalled in the Capitol.

Republicans opposed the bill (AB 10), saying it would harm the economy by making it harder for companies to employ new workers

“You can’t legislate on your hopes,” said Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine). “You have to legislate in the real world. You’re not doing it if you support this bill.”

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Three men arrested for mailing marijuana

Three men arrested for mailing #marijuana

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Three Pacific Beach men were in custody Friday on suspicion of using the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of marijuana to various states and receiving packages containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash in return, Chula Vista police said.

Kyle Gillen, 25, Chris Gillen, 26, and Matthew Schneider, 28, were taken into custody at their homes Wednesday on suspicion of money laundering and marijuana sales, according to CVPD Lt. Lon Turner. Their arrests climaxed a yearlong investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance’s Team ONE, which includes Chula Vista police.

“The investigation centered on several San Diego residents who used mail service to ship multi-pound quantities of marijuana to New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts,” Turner said in a statement. “The group also used the mail to receive shipments of bulk…

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AM Briefing from for May 31, 2013


A man registering as a “former Sexually Violent Predator” or S-V-P is living in downtown San Diego near Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp Quarter. John Kreischer is classified as an S-V-P because of multiple counts of forcible rape in 1977, assault with intent to commit rape in 1981, two counts of kidnapping and attempted rape from 1988 and failing to register as a Sex Offender in 2009. He is living in the Plaza Hotel at 1037 4th Avenue in downtown San Diego. Kreischer is being watched by a G-P-S monitoring system, is in compliance with his registration requirements, and is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.

This morning at 9:00 Rashon Abernathy, Seandell Jones, and Shaquille Jordan will be sentenced for murdering a college student they lured using a Craig’s List ad. The victim thought he was buying a laptop but he and his girlfriend were robbed then following a brief car chase he was shot and killed. Abernathy is looking at 65 years to life … while Jones and Jordan are facing 50 years to life.

The fight between the San Diego Mayor’s office and the Tourism Marketing District Board of Directors is hot again. Yesterday Mayor Bob Filner refused to release funds to the T-M-D because he says “We will issue their money when they hold up their end of the bargain, for example, approving payments to the Balboa Park Centennial.” Today at 9:00 AM the TMD is holding an open door meeting to talk about the funding dispute … they say that TMD employees will have to be laid off unless the Mayor releases the money. The meeting is at the Catamaran Hotel, Aviary Ballroom, 3999 Mission Blvd.

This morning at 10:45 organizers of the Rock n Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon will talk to the media. Topics will include security, race-day closures, and the new route.

And this afternoon at 3:30 Officials from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will talk about awarding James Cameron the 2013 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. The famous filmmaker is being honored for donating an unmanned deep sea diver called “Lander” to the institute. Other prize winners are Walter Cronkite and Jane Goodall. So he’s in very good company.

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Tourism agreement falls apart

Tourism agreement falls apart

[trib_ndn vid=24853973]SAN DIEGO — A new squabble over tourism funding erupted today when Mayor Bob Filner blasted the agency that promotes San Diego to prospective tourists for failing to honor a commitment to fund organizers of an upcoming celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial.

In remarks to City News Service, Filner said he wants to withhold most of the money due to the San Diego Tourism Marketing District until the Mayor Bob FilnerTMD funds Balboa Park Centennial Committee, which has incorporated as Balboa Park Celebration Inc.

However, a spokesman for the committee said the group has received “excellent” feedback on its application for funds from the tourism district, and plans to make a formal presentation to its board of directors.

Meanwhile, another organization funded by the district, the San Diego Tourism Authority — formerly known as the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau or ConVis — was preparing to shut down for lack…

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Man sentenced for killing pregnant wife

Man sentenced for killing pregnant wife

[trib_ndn vid=24853619]CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A man who stabbed his pregnant estranged wife to death in front of the couple’s children in Chula Vista was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.

Jesus Arteaga Garcia, 31, was convicted Feb. 8 of second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Maribel Arteaga, but jurors acquitted the defendant of murder charges regarding the victim’s fetus.

ThJESUS ARTEAGA GARCIAe victim, a Customs and Border Protection agent, was two months pregnant with another man’s child at the time of the slaying.

Because the murder took place in front of the couple’s sons — who were 4 and 6 at the time — Garcia was also convicted of two misdemeanor counts of child abuse, for which he received credit for jail time served.

The victim’s boyfriend, Carlos Orga, also a CBP agent, testified that on Dec. 10, 2009, he was watching television with the victim…

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Get your children vaccinated against chickenpox

Get your children #vaccinated against #chickenpox

school-vaccinesCARLSBAD – – San Diego County health officials are urging residents to get their children vaccinated against  chickenpox following an outbreak in Carlsbad of the highly contagious disease.

The county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency said two 5-year- olds and three 6-year-olds, plus an adult, fell ill at Aviara Oaks Elementary School. One child had been vaccinated, but no one else had received been immunized, according to the agency.

`Chickenpox is a preventable disease,” said Dr. Eric McDonald, the county deputy public health officer. “By having their children immunized with the recommended two doses of the vaccine, parents can help their children avoid chickenpox and prevent it from spreading to others.”

Students and employees at the school were being notified of the outbreak, as were their counterparts at Aviara Oaks Middle School, which shares grounds and facilities, according to the HHSA.

Chickenpox, which is caused by the varicella…

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