Daily Archives: May 21, 2013

Thousands of deportees could come back to SD, legally

Thousands of deportees could come back to SD, legally


[trib_ndn vid=24833439]SAN DIEGO – As the debate over immigration reform continues in the nation’s capitol, San Diego’s pro-immigrant community has joined others across the country urging lawmakers to include a provision that would extend legalization to those who’ve been already deported.

“It was like what you see in the movies where all the cops come into the house, it was like a nightmare, my sister was crying, my brother was too,” said 22-year-old Leslie Nuñez.  She recalled what it was like when she saw her two parents get deported back in 2007. “I had to grow up very fast.”

At age 16, she and her two younger siblings were left alone in their San Diego home.

“It was traumatizing for my sister and my brother,” said Nuñez. “I had to pay the bills. I had to make sure there was food in the house.”

“This kind of story is told…

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Thousands UC health care workers to strike across the state

Thousands UC health care workers to strike across the state


walkoutSAN DIEGO — Thousands of health care workers at UC San Diego Medical Center and University of California hospitals across the state began a two-day strike Tuesday, walking picket lines as they push for a new contract.

UC health officials prepared for the walkout by canceling non-essential surgical procedures at all of its centers and juggling staff to ensure patients are not endangered by the work stoppage, which began around 6 a.m.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 earlier this month announced that its roughly 13,000 patient care technical workers would participate in the strike. Thousands of health care workers represented by University Professional and Technical Employees, or UPTE, a unit of Communication Workers of America, said they would honor the
strike and would not cross the picket lines today. Other AFSCME-represented hospital workers also vowed to honor the picket line in a sympathy strike.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 21, 2013


This morning at 6:00 University of California hospital health care workers are hitting the picket line in San Diego and all across California. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 want a new contract. Union officials say that all non-essential surgeries have been canceled and staff will shift around so as not to endanger patient care. Hospital officials say the strike could cost upwards of $20 million. At 10:30 AM hospital representatives will respond to the strikers in a press conference at the UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest on 200 West Arbor Drive.

Polls open in a hotly contested special election for two important races. First the District 4 seat on the San Diego City Council. Former police officer Myrtle Cole is up against activist Dwayne Crenshaw. And the 80th California State Assembly seat will be decided too. Labor activist Lorena Gonzalez is up against Chula Vista Councilman Steve Castaneda. The polls open at 7:00 AM

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00. Two items on of note the agenda. First a more than $187,000 settlement on a San Diego Police officer’s excessive force suit. Second money to make an assessment of what repairs Balboa Park’s Starlight Bowl may need.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will join fire officials at 11:00 AM in a press conference to talk about protecting homes against wildfires.

This evening at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District is honoring its “Classified Employees of the Year”. The School District describes Classified employees as being “the non-teaching, support personal that include Special Education Assistants, Library Technicians, custodians, office staff and other key employees.”

And finally at 9:00 AM a two-day symposium starts about the validity and challenges of building interstellar space ships and long term space travel on campus at the University of California at San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute, in Atkinson Hall at 9500 Gilman Drive.

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University of California Health Care Workers Protest | Voters Decide San Diego City Council District 4 Race & 80th CA Assembly Seat | School District Honors Employees