Daily Archives: May 30, 2013

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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Official press release from Carl DeMaio announcing his run for Congress.

Bellow is the official press release from Carl DeMaio announcing his run for Congress.

It is what the DeMaio campaign thinks and what they want you to think… not what i think.

I believe its OK to publish press releases like this as long as it is made very clear that this is NOT news … however for the thoughtful reader this press release can give an idea of where this candidate would like the campaign to go.

Keep that in and make up your own “mind”.

“If we want better results, we must Fix Congress First”

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 30, 2013

San Diego – Carl DeMaio made it official today: He’s running for US Congress. The businessman-turned-government reformer said he is frustrated with partisan bickering in Washington and intends to replicate the same approach to “reform” that worked well in San Diego.

“Just as we did to save the City of San Diego from bankruptcy, we need a national Reform Agenda to balance the budget and get people back to work,” DeMaio declared in announcing his candidacy.

Known for releasing detailed policy plans and taking on special interests in both political parties to get his reforms implemented, DeMaio said his national reform agenda would focus on four priorities:

• Balance the Budget: As a budget expert, DeMaio will outline cost savings to help balance the federal budget – and champion pension reform legislation to help fix state and local budgets.

• Make Government Work: Having built a company that specialized in implementing management reforms to improve the performance of government programs, DeMaio will offer solutions to fix long-troubled programs covering important areas such as veterans benefits, teacher performance incentives, and health care affordability.

• Revitalize the Economy: From advancing real tax reform to cutting costly red tape, DeMaio will fight to promote investment, help small businesses, and expand job training programs.

• Fix Congress First: To impose accountability and transparency on the political process like we’ve never seen before, DeMaio will propose a law to force Congress to live under the same laws it expects the rest of us to live under.

“If we want better results from Washington, we have to change the people we send there and impose new rules to govern the way they operate. That’s what my reform agenda is all about – making government work again for the people,” DeMaio said.

DeMaio’s candidacy has already attracted national attention, with Washington observers pointing to DeMaio’s success in getting reforms done in San Diego on a bipartisan basis and acknowledging the role DeMaio can play as an openly-gay and socially moderate voice within the Republican Party.

“I see myself as a ‘new generation Republican’ who wants to challenge the party to focus on pocket-book, economic and quality of life issues in a more positive and inclusive way, rather than issues that are frankly none of the government’s business in the first place,” DeMaio said.

DeMaio carried the 52nd District with 58% of the vote in 2012 and a recent poll shows him 10-points ahead of Scott Peters.

For his part, Peters responded to DeMaio’s candidacy by issuing the first negative attack of the campaign.

“Throwing around misplaced labels and resorting to nasty attacks just demonstrate Mr. Peters fits right into the failed divisive culture of Washington,” DeMaio responded.

Carl DeMaio announces run for Congress

Carl #DeMaio announces run for #Congress


[trib_ndn vid=24853987]SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio today formally announced his candidacy for the 2014 race for the 52nd Congressional District.

demaioIn confirming his long-rumored plans to run for Congress, DeMaio, who is openly gay, called for his party to focus on economic issues rather than lifestyle questions.

“I see myself as a `new generation Republican’ who wants to challenge the party to focus on pocket-book, economic and quality of life issues in a more positive and inclusive way, rather than issues that are frankly none of the government’s business in the first place,” he said.

DeMaio, 38, said he would email the statement at 10 a.m. to more than 12,000 supporters, as well as announce his decision via postings on social media websites.

[trib_ndn vid=24851991]The Orange County-native hopes to unseat freshman Congressman Scott Peters, D-San Diego, also a former San Diego City…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2013


This morning at 9:00 31-year-old Jesus Arteaga Garcia will be sentenced for stabbing his pregnant and estranged wife who also happened to be a Customs and Border Patrol agent. Garcia fled to Mexico after the murder and was able to assert Mexican nationality meaning that in order for the United Stated to bring him back the death penalty had to be taken off the table as a possible sentence. There is no death penalty in Mexico and if Mexican nationals are wanted for a crime in another country Mexican authorities will not extradite unless the death penalty is removed as a possible sentence.

Also this morning at 9:30 the University of California at San Diego Medical Center is conducting a mass-casualty building collapse drill. UCSD Medical Center officials say that the “mass casualty and mass fatality” drill is meant to simulate catastrophes similar to the recent building collapse in Bangladesh.

Early this afternoon San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner is hosting a youth summer employment summit with local business leaders. Connect2Careers is the new name for the redesigned “Hire-a-Youth” program. The program has about 400 youths signed up but only 60 companies. The Mayor hopes to change that.

Today Anti-Fracking activists all across the state are delivering petition to their local representatives to ban the controversial oil extraction method in California. In San Diego Democratic State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will be the recipient in her office at 2445 Fifth Ave at noon.

Tonight at 7:00 activists will rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform on the west side of San Diego County Administration Building 1600 Pacific Highway. Some of the notable attendees are San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher Chair San Diegans United for Commonsense Immigration Reform.

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Alta Vista man under fire for defending neighborhood

Alta Vista man under fire for defending neighborhood


[trib_ndn vid=24851432]SAN DIEGO — A man was in custody Wednesday accused of shooting a man he believed was preparing to burglarize houses in his neighborhood, police said.

The shooting at the 5800 block of Grewia Street was reported at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros.Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 5.15.03 PM

James Monroe, 57, told investigators he saw two women and a man in a vehicle casing houses, so he had his wife call police as he armed himself with a 9-millimeter handgun, San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

He told investigators he saw one of the people in the vehicle get out and enter a neighbor’s yard.

Munroe said once he had his handgun, he walked out into the street and the driver of the vehicle allegedly tried to run him down while fleeing, Delimitros said.

Munroe opened fire at the vehicle, hitting the male passenger in the head…

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