Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

Navy introducing new helicopter squadron

Navy introducing new helicopter squadron

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new helicopter CORONADO, Calif (CNS) – The first Navy helicopter squadron to include manned and unmanned aircraft will be established during a ceremony Thursday at NAS North Island.

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, the “Magicians,” will be outfitted with what the Navy calls its most technologically advanced helicopter, the Sikorsky Multi Mission MH60-R.

It will also have the Fire Scout MQ-8 B, a drone that looks and flies like a regular helicopter. The Fire Scout was only recently added to the fleet, according to the Navy.

The Navy said the unmanned chopper can be operated from up to 110 miles away.

The squadron will deploy on the new littoral combat ships — fast, highly maneuverable vessels designed for fighting in coastal waters.

The Navy is scheduled to hold a ceremony for the new squadron at 10 a.m. on base, with remarks from Vice Adm. David Buss, the commander of Naval Air Forces.

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Ban proposed on sale of dogs, cats, rabbits in pet stores

Ban proposed on sale of dogs, cats, rabbits in pet stores

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sandy dogsSAN DIEGO — The City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled Wednesday to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

Committee members will be presented with a proposed amendment to the municipal code to make it “unlawful for any person to display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell any live dog, cat or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment located in the city of San Diego, unless the dog, cat or rabbit was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.”

Pet stores would need to keep certificates that identify the sources of their animals and make them available to animal control officers, law enforcement, code compliance officials or other city employees.

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Edison mulls permanently closing San Onofre reactors

Edison mulls permanently closing San Onofre reactors

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SAN DIEGO — The majority owner and operator of the idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will consider permanently closing one or both reactors if proposals to restart one of its units are denied by regulators, it was reported Wednesday.

Southern California Edison made the announcement in regulatory filings and on a conference call with analysts, U-T San Diego reported. The newspaper said SCE executives blamed uncertainties about rising costs linked to a 15- month outage of the plant.

SCE pegged the price of repairs and inspections at $109 million, with replacement power costs of $444 million, according to the newspaper. A decision on retiring the reactors would come by the end of this year.

The utility has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart Unit 2 at 70 percent power.

The reactor was undergoing scheduled maintenance in January 2012 when a small, non-injury leak was discovered from a…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 1, 2013

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Today is May Day and for San Diego that means immigration activists and labor leaders are taking to the streets this afternoon at 2:00. They will march from San Diego’s Civic Center Plaza in downtown to Chicano Park under the famous Coronado Bridge. The marchers are rallying for immigration reform. At 3:00 PM there is a similarly themed rally in Vista at the Vista Courthouse.

For San Diego politics two big things on the agenda.

First the City Council is starting a review of Mayor Bob Filner’s proposed $2.75 billion budget. The big item of contention is the delay of infrastructure bonds, meaning the city won’t be able to pay for pot holes and other infrastructure things to be fixed.

The second big item on the City Council’s agenda for 2:00 PM is the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee thinking about banning retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. This amendment to the municipal code would make it illegal to buy those pets from pet shops unless that dog, cat, or rabbit comes from a “city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.

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This morning at 11:00 AM the guy that runs the recently raided marijuana collective One on One Patients Association is talking to the press. Kenneth Cole, President of the collective says he is following state and local laws. He will be at the now closed collective at 11:00 AM in downtown San Diego at 923 6th Avenue.

Mayor Bob Filner is trying to get the Olympics to come to San Diego. His idea is to have San Diego and Tijuana host the event in 2024. However the International Olympic Committee says that their rules may prohibit the event to be hosted bi-nationally. But Filner says he is “undaunted”.

Southern California Edison says it is going to consider closing one or both of the reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The UT San Diego reports that in an conference call Edison made the announcement blaming rinsing costs linked to the reactors 15-month long outage.

At 9:00 AM at the San Diego County Office of Education the state Department of Education is continuing to meet about school performance and testing. Local law enforcement is honoring those they have lost in the line of duty today at noon at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

And finally today is the start of National Bike Month. Local leaders including the Mayor are going to a ride bike from 401 B St. to the County Administration Center beginning at 9:00 AM.

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Man gets stuck in border fence

#Video … Man Stuck In Razor Wire At Border Fence

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[trib_ndn vid=24781491]OTAY MESA, Calif. — A suspected undocumented immigrant was rescued by San Diego firefighters Tuesday after becoming ensnared in the razor wire on top of a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border.

GUY STUCK IN BORDER FENCEBorder Patrol agents saw the man stuck in the fence just before 3:45 p.m. and quickly called the San Diego Fire Department to get the man down from his spot east of the Otay Mesa Port of     Entry. It took rescuers over an hour to finally free the man from the razor wire some 20 feet in the air before helping him down to the ground. The undocumented immigrant was evaluated by EMTs at the scene and then taken into custody.

According to the Border Patrol, this is a common occurrence, as in the past fiscal year alone, 21 people have had to be rescued while attempting to cross the border.

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