Daily Archives: June 25, 2013

Ambulance rides get more expensive

Ambulance rides get more expensive


SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council Monday unanimously approved a one-year extension of the city’s emergency medical services contract with Rural/Metro Ambulance, which means the average cost of riding in an ambulance in the city will soon rise.

Most of the other provisions and service levels will remain unchanged from the previous two-year deal, but Rural/Metro will be allowed under the extension to increase its average per-ride charge to patients from $1,761 to $1,820, City EMS Program Manager Alyssa Ross said.

The increased cost will help the private ambulance company that works with several cities in the region offset a 3.35 percent rise in fees it will have to pay the city.

Ross said the costs that agencies in other parts in the region charge per ambulance ride range from about $1,200 to around $2,300.

A partnership between the city and Rural/Metro was formed in 2009, but was…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 25, 2013


Lots of big things in court today.

First at 9:00 am in San Diego’s downtown courthouse the closing arguments in a law suit to end yoga in Encinitas schools. The parents that brought the suit say yoga is religious

Three important arraignments in San Diego’s downtown courthouse this afternoon at 1:30.

First Todd Francis owned the gun that discharged killing a fourth-grader playing with it. He is being arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges.

Second Richard Allen Perez the domestic violence suspect that ended up in a SWAT standoff for about five-hours will be arraigned.

Third Robbie Gillespie was the driver of a car that collided with a fire truck killing his teenage passenger. Authorities say an open alcoholic container was found in the wreck.

And in El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:30 pm 82-year-old Clyde Jay Hayen will be arraigned. He is charged with killing his wife of 54-years after she served him with diverse papers.

Local politicos have lots on their plates as well today.

First at 9:00 this morning the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting. They are talking budget and voting on a two year spending plan.

Then at 10:00 AM the San Diego City Council is meeting. On their agenda managed competition. This is a big deal because it’s the system that many contractors have to go through to bid on city funded projects. Then they are looking at a new Qualcomm Stadium security contract. And the last big thing on the agenda is the city’s proposed administrative budget.

Then the San Diego Unified Board of Education is meeting tonight at 5:00. They are expected to adopt the 2013-14 year’s $2.5 billion dollar budget and talk about making long term budget plans in the future.


Middle and high school student’s form over 30 schools are competing in the 16th International Robosub Competition this morning at 9:00. The contest pits underwater robot builder teams against each other at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific or SPAWAR Pacific TRANSDEC pool. Competition officials say they hope the contest will challenge “a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment.”

And finally at 5:30 this evening the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is giving out its Small Business Awards. Local small and micro businesses will be honored in categories like most innovative product, customer service, and marketing.

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Report: City needs plan to tackle $1B in deferred projects

Report: City needs plan to tackle $1B in deferred projects


[trib_ndn vid=24905001]SAN DIEGO — A report to the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Monday recommended the development of plan to pay for deferred infrastructure work.

Putting off maintenance and renovation projects because of budget restraints in recent years has left the city with backlog of projects that will cost a minimum of $900 million, according to Erin Noel of the city’s Independent Budget Analyst’s office.

“Infrastructure issues impact the public health, safety and quality of life for San Diego communities, as well as the tourism industry, which is an important part of the city’s economy,” Noel said. “Addressing infrastructure issues is clearly one of the highest priorities for the city.”

San Diego takes on infrastructureThe committee agreed to forward the issue to the full City Council for consideration.

With the economy improving, Noel said city officials have begun to address the problem, but a citywide, multi-year capital improvement plan is needed.

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Chris Brown accused of assaulting San Diego woman

Chris Brown accused of assaulting San Diego woman


[trib_ndn vid=24904044]ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim police Monday were investigating a woman’s claim that singer Chris Brown shoved her at the Heat Ultra Lounge.

A woman called Anaheim police about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to report an assault, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said. She said she was shoved by a man while at the club the night before, Dunn said.Chris Brown

Via Twitter, Brown proclaimed his innocence. TMZ identified the accuser as Deanna Gines, 24.

“She did indicate who she believes it was,” Dunn said.

Anaheim police would not comment on reports it was the singer known for tempestuous relationship with the singer Rihanna. Brown or his bodyguards also have had what appears to be a feud with the singer Drake.

“Our investigation will proceed like any assault investigation,” he said, adding that would include interviewing witnesses.

Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna the night before the Grammys in 2009. He is…

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Police: Rape reported after couple meets online

Police: Rape reported after couple meets online


[trib_ndn vid=24905772]NATIONAL CITY, Calif. – Police arrested a South Bay man after a woman claimed she was raped by him after meeting through an Internet dating service.

Damone Carter, 24, of National City was arrested without incident at his residence in the 2400 block of East Eighth Street early Friday afternoon, shortly after the alleged assault occurred, according to police.

PlentyOfFishDatingSiteCarter and the alleged victim, who is also in her mid-20s, initially got into contact last Monday via a website called PlentyofFish.com, then met in person for the first time at Carter’s home four days later, Sgt. Alex Hernandez said.

Following the alleged assault, the victim escaped and made an emergency call on her cellphone, the sergeant said.

“If you’re going to talk with someone online, meet in a public place,” the sergeant said.

Carter was booked into George F. Bailey Detention Facility on suspicion of sexual assault and false…

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