Monthly Archives: September 2013

AM Briefing from for September 30, 2013

This afternoon at 1:30 49-year-old Hans Petersen will be arraigned for shooting his ex-brother-in-law and an old business associate. Petersen is suspected of shooting 53-year-old Steven Dowdy at his home then going to the home of Ronald Fletcher and shooing him. Both victims survived the attack. Police say Petersen was angry over losing his job.

San Diego’s City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon to talk about parking.

Tonight at 5:30 El Cajon’s Ronald Reagan Community Center is hosting a community meeting about next year’s America on Main Street party. The event is part of a national series of Flag Day community celebrations.

And this morning at 9:30 San Diego’s brand new downtown library opens its doors for its first official day. The nine-story 500,000-square-foot building cost $185 million to build and will be open until 8:00 tonight.

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San Diego lawmakers react to possible gov’t shutdown

San Diego lawmakers react to possible gov’t shutdown

[trib_ndn vid=25211489]SAN DIEGO – Lawmakers who represent San Diegans at the national level reacted to the possibility of a government shutdown.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate remain at odds about funding the government and Obamacare.

“The president and Senate leaders have made it clear they will not consider anything other than a continuation of government funding that is unencumbered by politics,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego). “For us to make any progress, Republican leadership will have to stand up to the Tea Party that is holding it hostage and come up with solutions that keep Americans at work and get us out of this govern-by-crisis mentality.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) became testy with reporters when one suggested the Republican-backed bill was dead on arrival.

“How dare you presume a failure? How dare you? How dare you? How dare you presume a failure?” Issa asked rhetorically…

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Under new policy, city sues marijuana dispensary

Under new policy, city sues marijuana dispensary

Medical MarijuanaSAN DIEGO — The city attorney is suing to force a medical marijuana dispensary to close, a sign of a changed policy since the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.

Soon after taking office, Filner had called for the city attorney to stop taking medical dispensaries to court to force their closure. The act was the beginning of a rift between Filner and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith.

Just days after Filner’s Aug. 30 resignation, Acting Mayor Todd Gloria reversed Filner’s hands-off policy toward marijuana dispensaries.

Gloria informed the city’s chief operating officer and assistant chief operating officer that enforcement of zoning violations by pot shops could resume.

This week, the city attorney filed a civil complaint to shut down the Central Wellness Collective on El Cajon Boulevard in the mid-city area. The complaint holds the property owners liable for allowing the dispensary to remain open in defiance of city zoning laws.

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SpaceX launches its largest rocket from Calif. coast

SpaceX launches its largest rocket from Calif. coast

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — SpaceX successfully launched its most powerful rocket Sunday, notching another milestone for the Hawthorne rocket maker.

The nine-engine Falcon 9, carrying a Canadian weather satellite, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 9 a.m.

It marked the first time that a rocket made by SpaceX launched from California. Until Sunday, SpaceX had launched its rockets from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

By launching from Vandenberg, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, SpaceX will have access to another launch facility as it looks to launch rockets carrying satellites for government and commercial customers at a rate of about once a month over the next five years.

“Launch was good,” Elon Musk, the tech entrepreneur who founded the company, tweeted Sunday. “All satellites deployed at the targeted orbit insertion vectors.”

SpaceX carried a satellite dubbed Cassiope, a project of the Canadian Space Agency. Cassiope…

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City pays $795K to victim of predator cop

City pays $795K to victim of predator cop

arevalosSAN DIEGO — A woman who said a San Diego police officer sexually assaulted her in the back of a car during a drunken driving arrest reached a $795,000 settlement with the city Friday.

The woman, identified as “Jane Roe,” received the largest out of a total of $2.3 million given so far to victims of former Officer Anthony Arevalos, who is now imprisoned.

The settlement was approved in federal court by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo, said the woman’s attorney, Mary Frances Prevost.

“This is going to allow a severely damaged woman to put her life back together,” Prevost said about the settlement. The agreement still needs final approval by the San Diego City Council.

Ten other lawsuits have been settled, and one remains unresolved. The last case could cost millions of dollars if the city doesn’t settle, said the lawyer, who does not represent the remaining plaintiff.


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High School wrestling coach facing 50 years to life if convicted of murder

High School wrestling coach facing 50 years to life if convicted of murder

NEEDHAM COURTSAN DIEGO, CA – The part time high school wrestling coach police say gunned down a man in Bay Park Tuesday was in court for the first time.

Jeret Needham is currently in jail on murder charges, he remains behind bars pending one million dollars bail.

42-year old Needham, a part time wrestling coach at Madison High School is facing 50 years to life in prison if convicted in the shooting death of 45 year Robert Howard Colegrove.

“Mr. Needham enters a plea of not guilty,” said his attorney Kerry Armstrong, “he denies all charges.”

Needham is accused of murder with special circumstances. The shooting happened Tuesday at a home in the 2200 block of Denver Street in Bay Park.  Needham was arrested after a three hours standoff at his home in Clairemont Mesa.  Friends of the victim told FOX 5, Needham and Colegrove got into a fight over Colegrove’s…

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Coastal Commission staff rejects Convention Center expansion plan

Coastal Commission staff rejects Convention Center expansion plan

SAN DIEGO — California Coastal Commission staff Friday recommended commission members vote against the proposed San Diego Convention Center expansion next month.

San-Diego-Convention-CenterCommission staff said the expansion would result in “significant impacts to views, visual quality and coastal recreation through the substantial loss of already limited waterfront area and open space.”

Construction would also impact the existing accessway and lead to the sense that the shoreline was part of the convention center, they said.

Despite the negative recommendation, Port of San Diego officials said they would remain committed to the expansion, and their project team would continue working with Coastal Commission staff to address their concerns.

“This project is highly deserving of California Coastal Commission approval,” Port Commissioners Chair Ann Moore said.

“The Convention Center Expansion will enhance access to the waterfront and add a signature five-acre rooftop park for visitors to enjoy, while creating thousands of jobs and boosting…

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