Monthly Archives: July 2013

Student forgotten in DEA holding cell gets $4.1M

Student forgotten in DEA holding cell gets $4.1M

[trib_ndn vid=24984559]SAN DIEGO — A UCSD student scooped up in a drug raid and left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for 4 1/2 days without food or water will get $4.1 million to settle his claims, his attorneys announced Tuesday.

DanielChongDaniel Chong, 25, was among seven people detained in an April 21, 2012, raid on a University City home. Chong, an student at UCSD, was handcuffed and put in 5-by-10-foot cell, by an officer who told him, “Hang tight. We’ll come get you in a minute,” his attorney Julia Yoo said.

The door to the cell was not opened again until April 25. Chong had no food water or toilet facilities during that period and he spent the last two days in darkness, Yoo said.

When he was freed, Chong was taken to a hospital for acute kidney failure, muscle degeneration and dehydration. He spent three days in…

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Council refuses to pay for Filner’s defense

Council refuses to pay for Filner’s defense

[trib_ndn vid=24985171]SAN DIEGO – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Mayor Bob Filner’s request for the city to pay for his defense in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The decision came in response to a request from Filner’s privately hired lawyer Harvey Berger. Filner and the city are being sued by the mayor’s former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson. She alleges that the mayor sexually harassed her with unwanted sexual advances and crude sexual comments.

City Council TestimonyTuesday afternoon,  council members heard from the public before meeting in closed session to discuss Berger’s request.

Resident Julie Adams urged the council not to fund Filner’s defense.

“Being a groper is not part of his duties,” said Adams. “So, I say hell no!”

Resident Hud Collins disagreed.

“Please defend him,” said Collins. “He’s going to need it.”

After public comment City Council adjourned into closed session. Less than an hour later, they had…

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AM Briefing from for July 31, 2013

Here’s your Filner update for this morning …

Yesterday afternoon yet another woman came forward and accused San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. This brings the total to eight. Lisa Curtin the director of government and military education at San Diego City College says that Filner asked about her wedding ring, asked her out on a date then grabbed her pulled her close and gave her a “saliva-filled kiss, including feeling his tongue by my cheek.”

The Mayor is currently receiving two weeks behavioral therapy in spite of the many calls for his resignation. Yesterday San Diego’s City Council unanimously approved the filing of a cross complaint against the Mayor. This means that they can sue Filner for the cost to the city for the defense against the sexual harassment lawsuits they also decided last night not to pay for the Mayor’s private attorney. The council does pay for city employee legal defenses when the case has to do with the normal scope of their job. Many council members do not believe defending the Mayor’s behavior falls into this category.

And the city move forward.

San Diego’s City Council is meeting today.

First at 9:00 AM the Budget Committee is getting together to talk about community parking

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the Natural Resources and Culture Committee will look at a climate change report form the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and updating the climate change plan.

Tonight at 6:00 the Council’s Infrastructure Committee is talking about a report on sidewalk condition

The San Diego Independent Budget Analyst is holding a workshop of the city’s project budgeting at 6:30 tonight at the Balboa Park War Memorial Building. It’s open to the public if you want to go.

Horton Plaza’s renovations are on the agenda for the Civic San Diego Board of Directors afternoon meeting.

County government is talking about waving some fees for disabled veterans this morning at 9:00.

And at 10:30 this morning The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a ribbon cutting for the new shopping area in the airport’s Terminal 2

And finally today the National Weather Service says big waves are going to pound San Diego’s coast today. They are expecting 5 to 7 foot waves with the occasional 8 foot’er. That means the face of the wave could be as high as 16 feet.

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AM Briefing from for July 30, 2013

The private attorney representing San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner against the sexual harassment allegations is asking the City Council to pay him. Tonight in a closed door meeting City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will talk with the Council about picking up the Mayor’s legal tab and what their next move should be. So far seven women have come forward accusing the Mayor of sexual harassment and one intern has issued a declarations in support of the allegations. The Mayor has apologized for his actions and entered into two weeks of therapy but he has not stepped down and it doesn’t look like he’s going to.

San Diego’s City Council is still open for business Today they are going to talk about several things.

First a report that says the Convention Center has already reached 95% of its fiscal year goals.

An ordinance that would make city projects pay the prevailing wage.

Removing parking lots form Balboa Park’s central plaza

And the how much it’ll cost to use the new Central Library for a special event.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors is getting together this morning at 9:00. They are looking the San Diego County Fire Authorities master plan over the next five years.

At 5:00 tonight the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is talking about if and how to explain the George Zimmeran / Trayvon Martin cases. A three year financial plan and the removal of senior projects from graduation requirements.

At 10:00 AM the FBI’s new Sorrento Valley headquarters will have its official ribbon cutting … Even though it’s been in operation for over two months now.

Then at 10:30 a news conference is set to update us on the case about a college student that was kept in a federal holding cell for five days without food or water. Reportedly the young man was so delusional with hunger he tried to eat his glasses.

And surfs is up. The National weather service has issued a high surf and rip tide warning for San Diego county beaches. The warning is in effect through sunday
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Mayor wants city to pay for legal expenses

Mayor wants city to pay for legal expenses

Bob FilnerSAN DIEGO – Mayor Bob Filner’s attorney is asking for the City of San Diego to represent the mayor in a case alleging him of sexual harassment towards a former employee.

San Diego City Council received a letter from Filner’s attorney Monday requesting the city to represent him and pay for legal expenses associated with a sexual harassment lawsuit, City Council President Todd Gloria announced Monday.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and City Council plan to discuss the letter and decide their next action Tuesday in a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. closed to the public.

Filner’s former communications director Irene McCormack filed a lawsuit a week ago claiming the mayor made several unwanted sexual advances and put her in a “Filner headlock.”

Since McCormack publically announced the lawsuit, six other woman have come forward with similar allegations.  Among the others to accuse the mayor of inappropriate conduct are retired Rear…

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AM Briefing from for July 29, 2013


More Filner Fallout. Over the weekend more revelations came to light about San Diego’s Mayor. Christopher Baker an intern in the then congressman sent a declaration to KPBS saying Bob Filner would regularly “berate and belittle woman in the office”. He also says he noticed lots of physical contact between Filner and the women working in his office.

5:00 PM tonight is the deadline from the group called “Recall Bob Filner”. They say if the Mayor doesn’t resign by then they will begin the recall effort. The group will be at the Civic Center Plaza at 4:30 tonight to talk to the media in advance of the deadline.

San Diego’s City Council is set to meet at 2:00 this afternoon. They are going to talk about Mayor Filner’s new group of nominees for the pension system Board of Administration. Also on the agenda is the dissolution of the city’s Data Processing Corporation, and zoning changes that would make construction projects easier for Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Ramiro Espinoza is on the schedule to be arraigned at 8:00 AM in Chula Vista’s courthouse for the eight-hour SWAT stand-off in Imperial Beach

And today the San Diego Zoo is hosting a party for the first birthday of the giant panda cub Xiao Liwu. The birthday boy will get a special cake made of bamboo and fruit.

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Intern: Filner would ‘berate and belittle women’

Intern: Filner would ‘berate and belittle women’

[trib_ndn vid=24981983]An unpaid intern in the office of Mayor Bob Filner says he quit in protest after seeing the mayor repeatedly “berate and belittle women in the office.”

Christopher Baker, in a signed declaration given to KPBS, says that derogatory terms about women and “the physical contact is what I noticed most.”

The declaration mentions a woman who, after a press conference in La Jolla, asked for a picture with the mayor.Filner-web-2

The 70-year-old Democrat “started telling her that she was beautiful and asking about her relationship status. I noticed that he was very touchy, in a way that he never is with men.”

In the declaration, Baker says that he doubts other staff members will tell the truth about Filner “because people’s jobs are on the line.” He said he quit his job because “it compromised my moral compass too much to continue working in that environment. It’s not…

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