San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner is in the news a lot today…
First he announced that former Republican presidential candidate and La Jolla resident Mitt Romney agreed to help with a San Diego/Tijuana Olympic bid. The Mayor hopes that Romney’s experience getting the 2002 Winter Olympics will help with a bi-national bid for the 2024 Olympics. To win the bid the Olympic Organizing Committee will have to change the rule and allow one bid from two countries.
Today at 9:00 Filner’s budget proposal is continuing to be examined. But the controversial part isn’t until this afternoon. The mayor wants to cut City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith’s budget by 1.4 million dollars. Goldsmith and Filner are political rivals. There have been several public scuffles including one time when the Mayor interrupted one of Goldsmith at a press conference … yelling at Goldsmith from the audience. The proposed cuts mean 13 people could lose their jobs.
The sentencing for voice of Charlie Brown is this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. 56-year-old Peter Robbins pleaded guilty to stalking and making criminal threats. His sentence could be anything from probation to over three years in prison. Robbins is the voice of the iconic character for several of the famous Peanuts films including “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Also … In front of the downtown courthouse at 11:00 this morning family of Rabecca Zahau is talking to the press. They want to tell us about their “continuing efforts to identify and hold accountable those responsible for Rebecca’s untimely death.”
And finally today at 10:00 AM doctors from Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego will perform a groundbreaking surgery using magnetic rods to help kids with sever scoliosis. The surgery is only for extreme cases.
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