AM Briefing from for June 26, 2013


After years of legal fighting the U. S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on California’s Proposition 8 today. Prop 8 is a voter-approved measure that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. However just because the voters approve something doesn’t mean it can become law. It still must be consistent with the U. S. Constitution. If the court says prop 8 is unconstitutional then this decision could have national impact. San Diego’s L G B T community is rallying tonight in Hillcrest at 5:00 in support of marriage equality.

We’re all over the county for court today.

In El Cajon’s courthouse this morning at 8:30 Gary Allen Thomas will be sentenced for beating his 94-year-old neighbor to death with a hammer. 64-year-old Thomas bludgeoned the woman while she slept. Originally he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but later changed his plea to guilty. He will be sentenced to 26-years to life in prison.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse this afternoon Mandel A. Watson will learn his sentence. Watson pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap two girls just before he was stopped when he was hit by a car.

Also this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s Superior Court Nelson Drake will be arraigned. Drake, a Canadian citizen, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was in San Diego for a convention.

San Diego’s political machine is running at full throttle today.

First thing this morning at 9:00 the San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting and expected to approve a five-year banking contract with Bank of America and Citibank.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Council’s Public Safety committee is meeting about a report on firefighter attrition and retention.

At 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is talking about reducing microbrewery and cheese-making regulations.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Civic San Diego Board of Directors is going to look at changing the parking meter hour’s downtown. Now parking meters are enforced from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every day except for Sundays and holidays. The proposal is to shift the hours to 10:00 am until 8:00 PM every day except for Sundays and holidays.

And finally tonight at 7:30 Republican Carl DeMaio is kicking off his congressional campaign at a fundraiser. DeMaio hopes to be the republican nominee to go up against Democrat Scott Peters in about 2 years’ time.

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