Daily Archives: September 2, 2013

Vargas backs military strike against Syria

Vargas backs military strike against Syria


juanVargasSAN DIEGO — Returning from a classified briefing in Washington, D.C. by the White house on Syria, U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-51) said he’s convinced chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime against its own people and that he would support President Obama’s call for a military response.

” After reviewing the classified assessments of the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, I am appalled that the Assad regime used sarin gas to brutally kill innocent civilians,” Vargas said in a statement released late Sunday. “I am particularly disturbed by the estimated 426 children who died mercilessly from symptoms related to chemical gas exposure. I am now prepared, after careful consideration of these classified documents, to support President Obama’s request to use limited and targeted strikes to deter the future use of chemical weapons.”

Vargas said Obama was not present during the classified briefing. He said numerous representatives from…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 2, 2013

Today is Labor Day so government offices are closed. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot to do here in America’s finest city. There is a bunch of fun to be had all day long.

First at 9:00 head over to the Embarcadero in downtown and check out the Festival of Tall Ships and the U.S. Sandsculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition.

Both are having there last day.

The ships are docked over by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and the Sandsculpting is just south of the ships on the B street pier.

In Escondido City Hall at 10:00 AM Unions, church groups, Escondido’s Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz, and San Diego County Democratic Party Chairwoman Francine Busby are rallying for Labor Day.

Also at 10:00 AM a non-Labor Day rally is happening in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The nonprofit Improving Birth is holding one of 150 nationwide rallies meant to raise awareness about improvements needed in American maternity care.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the Chaldean American Association is hosting Babylon Day. It’s a festival honoring El Cajon’s Chaldean community. The food and fun will be in the Prescott Promenade at 201 East Main Street in El Cajon.

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Former City Attorney to run for mayor

Former City Attorney to run for mayor


[trib_ndn vid=25121957]SAN DIEGO – Former City Attorney Michael Aguirre confirmed his plans to run for San Diego mayor Sunday evening, replacing Bob Filner, who recently resigned.

Aguirre served as city attorney from 2004 to 2008 and lost a re-election bid in 2008 to current City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. Mike-AguirreHe will join a long list of candidates for mayor in a Nov. 19 special election. Aguirre has yet to file with the City Clerk’s office.

If no one wins more than 50 percent in the special election to find Filner’s replacement, a runoff vote will be held. City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said the cost for the initial election is estimated to be around $6 million.

One of the candidates, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, corralled endorsements Thursday from the unions that represent the city’s white collar workers and firefighters. The Qualcomm executive finished third in the June 2012 mayoral primary vote.


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