Daily Archives: September 21, 2013

Alleged La Jolla shooter makes first court appearance

Alleged La Jolla shooter makes first court appearance


PetersenSAN DIEGO — For unexplained reasons, arraignment was postponed Friday for a biotech executive who allegedly shot and wounded two La Jolla residents, including his estranged wife’s brother, at homes about a half-mile apart.

Hans Petersen, 49, remains held without bail pending his rescheduled court date on Monday. Formal charges — including possible attempted murder counts — are expected to be filed that day.

During today’s brief court proceeding, Deputy Public Defender Kevin Milmoe told Judge Louis Hanoian that Petersen wanted to delay his arraignment until next week.

Petersen is suspected of firing into a home in the 5700 block of Waverly Drive about 3 a.m. Wednesday, wounding 53-year-old Steven Dowdy, a UC San Diego researcher and former business associate who was  awakened by the gunshots and got up to investigate, according to San Diego police.

Dowdy suffered a bullet wound to his lower back, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

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Number of mayoral candidates cut in half

Number of mayoral candidates cut in half


Nathan Fletcher, Kevin FaulconerSAN DIEGO — The field of candidates for the Nov. 19 special election for mayor of San Diego was cut in half Friday, with 19 meeting a deadline to return nomination papers with at least 200 valid signatures, according to the City Clerk’s Office.

The list of candidates includes the four expected big names — former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer and ex- Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.

The signatures will now go to the county Registrar of Voters office for verification. Around 40 people had filed initial paperwork to enter the race to replace Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace on Aug. 30.

The verification process is expected to be completed Wednesday, City Clerk Elizabeth Maland told City News Service. A drawing for posDavid-Alvarezitions on the ballot might also take place that day, she said.

One of those who turned in her papers was 19-year-old…

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First Mayoral Debate in Downtown San Diego

First Mayoral Debate in Downtown San Diego


San-Diego-Hotel-SkylineSAN DIEGO-With the mayoral primary election two months away, several candidates got ahead of the game hoping to win the San Diego vote.  The Asian Business Association hosted the first mayoral debate Friday at the Westin in the Gaslamp.  Mayoral candidates Mike Aguirre, Kevin Faulconer, and David Alvarez took part in the debate.  Nathan Fletcher was also invited to participate but turned down the invite citing a prior engagement.

The debate was not open to the public but was streamed online.  The candidates were asked 13 questions and given one minute to answer.  The first question was regarding the future of the Chargers Stadium.

“The hallmark for me in that plan is can we do it in a way that protects San Diego taxpayers,” said Faulconer.

Aguirre and Alvarez both agreed keeping the Chargers was a critical component and something they’d work on.  Transparency, taxes, economy, and infrastructure all key…

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