AM Briefing from for October 25, 2013

A San Diego Police officer is hospitalized after being shot. Yesterday afternoon at 3:30 the SDPD officer attempted to arrest a wanted felon in a storm drain just off of the 2800 block of 39th street when gun fire erupted. The officer was shot in the chest, arm, and leg but is in stable condition at Scripps Mercy Hospital. The suspect was arrest about 15 minutes after the shooting.

Another San Diego County mayor resigns in disgrace. This time it is longtime El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis. Lewis has been mayor of the Eastern San Diego County city since 1990. He was recorded in an interview making several racially charged remarks about El Cajon’s Chaldean Christian community. El Cajon has the second largest population of Chaldean Christians in the country, most come from Iraq. Hence El Cajon’s nick name of Little Bagdad.

Today at 9:00 AM the Transportation Security Administration is talking to the media about their new screening program. The program is a pre-check and those enrolled will be able to pass through security and keep their belts, shoes, and jackets on.

Three sentencing’s of note this morning.

First in Vista’s courthouse at 8:30 AM Ruben Cepeda will hear his fate for killing his pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend then running to Mexico.

At 9:00 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse Jorge Sillas and Victor Gonzalez are being sentenced for their part in an Arellano Felix drug cartel murder-for-hire plot.

Also in San Diego at 9:00 AM Jiovani Guerrero is being sentenced for ramming a police car while trying to run away from officers.

At 9:00 AM the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is talking about the regional growth forecast and a contract to lay one-mile of rail tracks in Sorrento Valley.

San Diego’s City Council in marking the 10-year anniversary of the Cedar Fire at 11:00 this morning. In 2003 disaster 15 people were killed and hundreds of homes burned down.

And finally at 11:00 AM at the Kissing Statue near the U.S.S. Midway Museum mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer is picking up an endorsement from several retired military leaders.

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