Monthly Archives: October 2013

More poll workers needed for special election

More poll workers needed for special election

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polling-placeSAN DIEGO – More bilingual Chinese and Vietnamese volunteers are needed to work at polling places for the city of San Diego’s Nov. 19 special mayoral election, the county Registrar of Voters said Wednesday.

“The ROV has more than 2,200 volunteers who have committed to serve their community at the polls this year, but we still have an urgent need for 50 more Chinese bilingual and 30 more Vietnamese bilingual poll workers,” said Michael Vu of the Registrar of Voters.  “Our bilingual volunteers help citizens who are not yet proficient in English to vote at the polls.”

Bilingual poll worker volunteers can earn a stipend of $90 to $110 for the day’s work.

The registrar’s office will provide training for Chinese and Vietnamese speakers.

Polling place volunteers must be U.S. citizens, a registered voter in California and able to read and write the English language.

For questions about being a…

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Major smuggling tunnel found at US-Mexico border

Major smuggling tunnel found at US-Mexico border

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[trib_ndn vid=25312555]SAN DIEGO — A federal investigation was under way Thursday into a recently completed, highly sophisticated tunnel found between San Diego and Tijuana.

WATCH LIVE VIDEO:  Feds announce shutdown of major border drug tunnel

Several federal agencies that compose the San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovered the passageway, spokeswoman Lauren Mack of Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement told reporters late Wednesday.

Authorities found the subterranean passageway on Wednesday, arresting three people and seizing 325 pounds of cocaine along with more than eight tons of marijuana, according to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

The tunnel — outfitted with electricity, ventilation and a rail system – – had access points in Baja California, southwest of Otay Mesa Port of Entry, and in an industrial park on the San Diego side of the international border, authorities said.

Federal agents plan to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. to disclose more details about…

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Head-turning billboard coming to San Diego

Head-turning billboard coming to San Diego

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[trib_ndn vid=25311631]SAN DIEGO – A billboard that’s sparking mixed reaction is coming soon to San Diego.

The advertisement, for an anti-snoring product called SnoreStop, features a U.S. soldier embracing a Muslim woman with the slogan “keeping you together.”

The billboard is already on display along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

PBILLBOARDeople are turning to social media with their reaction to the billboard. One person called it “offensive.” Another said it is “a slap in the face to our military.”

The company, however, said the ad is meant to reflect tolerance and executives said they recognize their customers are diverse. SnoreStop officials said they searched for real couples that aren’t typically featured in commercials.

“We wanted one image that summarizes the whole campaign,” said Melody Devemark, VP of Communications SnoreStop.

Veteran Jamie Sutton and his Muslim wife, Aleah, inspired the ad. Officials said the models, U.S. soldier Paul Evans…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 31, 2013

A new smuggling tunnel along the San Diego Tijuana border was discovered by American and Mexican authorities. According to TijuanaPress.com the recently finished tunnel is 20 meters deep and 150 long. The entrance on the Mexican side is just over the border and near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. It is not clear if the tunnel ever saw use. U.S. federal authorities are expected to release more info today.

Tea Party members will protest at Congressman Darrell Issa’s Vista office today at noon. According to the local Tea Party, Issa has been suggesting that he wants to pass an immigration reform law that would grant the millions of undocumented immigrants working visas.

San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is holding his weekly chat with the media at 10:00 AM

Tassie Behrens, the mother of two toddlers that drowned in a pool at a home that was also a marijuana growing location will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30. She’s facing drug and child endangerment charges.

At noon the group Walk San Diego is releasing its walking scores for San Diego today. Walkablity is a big part of how some property values are determined so realtors will watch closely.

And today is Halloween. There are events all over San Diego County.

At 12:30 it’s the 39th annual giant pumpkin drop off of the 11th floor of the Tioga Hall building at the University of California San Diego.

At 2:00 this afternoon Students from Holmes Elementary are leading a community parade.

At 5:00 at the Fallbrook Community Center, Lakeside Community Center, Spring Valley Center, there will be trick-or-treating, games, music, and costume contests.

And finally all day from 9:00 AM till 7:00 tonight 101 KGB is hosting its 35th annual Halloween blood drive.

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Coroner: Hannah Anderson’s abductor tested positive for drugs

Coroner: Hannah Anderson’s abductor tested positive for drugs

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SAN DIEGO – James Lee DiMaggio, the Boulevard man who abducted 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, had drugs in his system when FBI agents shot and killed him in Idaho’s backcountry, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Hannah-Anderson,-James-Lee-DiMaggioThe Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess told Fox5 that DiMaggio tested positive for legal prescription drugs and THC, the main mind-altering ingredient found in cannabis plants.

Hess did not elaborate on what types of prescription drugs were found in his system.

FBI agents shot DiMaggio at least five times when they found him with Anderson in the Idaho wilderness on August 10.  He died at the scene, Hess said.

DiMaggio, who is also suspected of killing Hannah’s mother and 8-year-old brother before fleeing San Diego County, was armed with at least one weapon when an FBI tactical team moved in on his campsite near Morehead Lake 75 miles north of Boise, Idaho on Saturday.

DiMaggio’s body was cremated, said Cathy…

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BowlersDesk.com is now an award winning news blog!

Press Club Award

As many of you have noticed there was no AM Briefing from Bowler’s Desk today.

That’s because I was out late last night accepting a San Diego Press Club first place award for Excellence in Journalism.

BowlersDesk.com is now an award winning news blog.

Not only did the AM News Briefing win first place but the Political Podcast with me and Ric Epps won third place.

I am proud, but I am also very tired.

As most of you know I run the AM News Desk at KSWB FOX5 and every morning at 6:03 AM I post the AM briefing from there.

And that means that I am at work by 3:30 AM every day.

So because I stayed out late to get this award I stayed home form work and slept in today.

Thank you to everyone at KSWB FOX5 for supporting me and my efforts on my blog, especially News Director Rich Goldner, current Executive Producer J. R. Mahon, former Executive Producer Brad Luck, and everyone on the KSWB FOX5 AM team.

And of course my wife Erin Esteves for her unwavering support in all of my professional efforts.

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Coaches investigated for blackface costumes

Coaches investigated for blackface costumes

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SAN DIEGO — Junipero Serra High School football coaches were under investigation after a picture of them in Halloween costumes with blackfaces was posted on Facebook.

Head football coach Brian Basteyns and assistant coach Harold Seeley are seen with their faces painted black to look like members of a Jamaican bobsled team, made famous in the movie “Cool Runnings.”  Coach Chris Herrin is also seen in the picture, but his face was not painted.

The picture was removed from Facebook after concerned parent Sally Smith saw it.  She is calling for Basteyns to be fired.

“I was shocked,” Smith said.  “This is just the tip of the iceberg.  This behavior of dressing in blackface shows disrespect and poor judgment.”

Coaches under fire after blackface costumesSan Diego Unified School Board of Education John Evans learned about the photo Tuesday morning and confirmed an investigation is underway.

“We hold our staff to high standards in the community…

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