Daily Archives: September 25, 2013

Obamacare brings jobs to San Diego

Obamacare brings jobs to San Diego


Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 8.31.09 AMSAN DIEGO — San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency is hiring.

351 new positions were approved Tuesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to help deal with the oncoming effects of the Affordable Healthcare Act, known as Obamacare.

“One of the big components in the Affordable Care Act is expanding the Medi-Cal program,” said Richard Wanne, Director for the County’s Heath and Human Services Agency.

111,000 San Diegans will now qualify for Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program offering healthcare coverage to the poor, under President Obama’s new health care law.

The new hires will be helping those who qualify, sign up and keep up with the new accounts.

“These are full time, permanent, benefited jobs,” Wanne added.

The new state paid employees will also have to inevitably deal with some of the confusion.

Many Americans admit they don’t fully understand how the healthcare overhaul will affect them.

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Triple murder suspect arrested in connection with 2005 cold case

Triple murder suspect arrested in connection with 2005 cold case


body found SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Three men were behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of murder in the 2005 death of a 20-year-old man in Alpine following a cold case investigation, authorities said.

One of the three men was also arrested on suspicion of two other counts of murder in connection with a 2002 death in Chula Vista and a 2003 death in National City, according to San Diego County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. It was unclear whether the three slayings were related.

Jose Valdez, 30, John Reyna, 30, and Rashad Lansing, 33, were arrested Thursday and booked into jail on suspicion of murder and conspiracy in the October 2005 fatal shooting of Daniel Rodriguez, the lieutenant said, adding that the arrests were made by a coalition of law enforcement agencies that includes the Sheriff’s Department’s Cold Case Unit, the East County Gang Task Force, Chula Vista and National City police…

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Houston district beats San Diego for top education prize

Houston district beats San Diego for top education prize


Broad PrizeSAN DIEGO — The San Diego Unified School District Wednesday was named a runner-up for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education.

The district was one of four finalists for the prize, which honors districts that demonstrate improved student achievement, especially for minorities and students from low-income families.

In a news conference in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that the winner was the Houston Independent School District, which will receive $550,000 in college scholarship money for its graduating seniors, courtesy of the Broad Foundation.

As runner-ups, San Diego Unified, the Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County and Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina each will receive $150,000 for a grand total of $1 million in prize money that must be doled out among graduating seniors in the four winning districts.

Today’s win marks the second time Houston has won the prestigious award since it was…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 25, 2013

One man is dead and a high school wrestling coach is under arrest. San Diego Police say that Madison High School wrestling Coach 42-year-old Jeret Needham shot another man in the Bay Park neighborhood. Needham briefly barricaded himself in a house but he eventually surrendered to Police. San Diego Police will update the media at 9:00 am this morning.

San Diego’s politicos will be busy today.

First San Diego’s City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee is getting together at 9:00 AM. On the agenda a presentation from the City Clerk and election issues then a possible overhaul of the Council’s committee system.

Then at 2:00 the Council’s Natural Resource and Culture Committee will talk about our region’s water management plan.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting at 9:00 this morning to talk about renewable energy and improving the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport.

And this afternoon at 1:00 Civic San Diego Board of Directors is talking about the convention center expansion and renovations at Horton Plaza.

Three big education stories this morning.

First San Diego Unified School District will learn if they won the 2013 Board Prize for Urban Education at 8:00 AM. SDUSD is one of four finalists for the $550,000 prize.

Second professor Phil Baran from the Scripps Research Institute is a MacArthur Fellow. The 36-year-old will get $625,000 over the next five years to help his chemistry research. Baran is most known for synthesizing natural products en masse.

And finally this morning at 10:30 San Diego Community College District is breaking ground for the new Cesar E. Chavez campus in Barrio Logan. When done the new facility will have 22 classrooms for all kinds of education from English as a second language to business technology.

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David Alvarez wins Democratic Party endorsement

David Alvarez wins Democratic Party endorsement


[trib_ndn vid=25197493]SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Democratic Party announced they will be endorsing City Councilman David Alvarez for mayor after voting Tuesday evening.

David-AlvarezThe party central committee met behind closed-doors in Kearny Mesa union hall and came to a 63-40 vote in favor of 33-year-old Alvarez.

“[The endorsement] gives me a tremendous advantage and help.  It identifies me as the Democratic candidate that people of San Diego support,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez beat out three other Democratic mayoral candidates including ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, former City Attorney Mike Aguirre and Bruce Coons, executive director of the preservationist group Save Our Heritage Organisation.

“Partisan politics has never been my strong suit,” Fletcher said.  “I’m really good at bringing people together to solve problems and I think that’s what we need in our next mayor.”

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2 killed in Navy helicopter crash ID’d

2 killed in Navy helicopter crash ID’d


CORONADO, Calif. — The Navy Tuesday identified two helicopter crew members killed when a Coronado-based MH-60S Knighthawk crashed Sunday in the Red Sea.

The victims were Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones, 35, of Lompoc, and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore., the Navy reported.

naval base san diegoThe chopper, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 at Naval Air Station North Island, crashed while the pilot was trying to land on deck of the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence and was not related to “any sort of hostile activity,” Navy officials said.

Three of the helicopter’s five crew members were “accounted for and stable” following the crash, according to the Navy.

Searchers combed the area in boats and aircraft to no avail. The search was called off Monday when it became apparent that the odds of survivability were low, according to the Navy.

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz…

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Stockbroker admits role in insider trading scheme

Stockbroker admits role in insider trading scheme


SAN DIEGO — A former Merrill Lynch stockbroker pleaded guilty today to conspiring with a one-time Qualcomm senior executive and his brother in an insider trading scheme that allegedly netted the Qualcomm executive about $250,000 in illegal profits.

Gary Yin, 54, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 16 by U.S. District Judge William Q, Hayes.

Yin pleaded guilty a day after he was charged in federal court. He also admitted to obstructing a formal Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and laundering the proceeds of the insider trading scheme.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parmley told Magistrate Judge Nita Stormes that Yin conspired with Jing Wang, a former executive vice president and president of Global Business Operations for Qualcomm, to conceal Wang’s control of a Merrill Lynch account in the name of Unicorn Global Enterprises that Wang had used to engage in illegal insider trading.


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