Daily Archives: October 29, 2013

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 29, 2013

Rain continuing from last night through this morning is making the AM commute that much more challenging. Yesterday California Highway Patrol responded to 191 accidents. On a normal day they get about 50. It’s supposed to clear up this afternoon.

This morning at 9:00 AM the USS Princeton comes home after nearly 7-months deployed. One of the highlights for the guided-missile cruiser and its 325 crew was helping to save five Yemeni fisherman stranded at sea without food or water.

Late this morning at 11:00 AM the San Diego Unified School District is previewing the “State of the District” with students that will graduate in 2020. The kids are going to tell everyone about their plans after graduating high school. Then this afternoon at 3:30 the districts will consider selling the Hale Junior High facility for $23 and half million dollars. And at 4:30 this evening school board President John Lee Evans and Superintendent Cindy Marten give the annual “State of the District” speech.

San Diego Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are recognizing a mile stone for their crime lab at 11:15 AM. America’s Society of Crime Laboratory Directors is honoring the FBI’s San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. The trail blazing lab was the first of its kind when it was built in the ’90’s.

San Diego’s City Council is welcoming its new Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick and honoring the outgoing one Walt Ekard at 2:00 this afternoon. The council is also considering closing the Children’s Pool in La Jolla for seal pupping season.

At 5:00 this evening San Diego’s North Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum on how California’s health insurance changes are impacting businesses.

And finally tonight at 6:00 California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is reading from his work at Cal State San Marcos.

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Zombies among those ‘attacking’ Nathan Fletcher

Zombies among those ‘attacking’ Nathan Fletcher


[trib_ndn vid=25304222]SAN DIEGO – New political advertisements feature the “undead” campaigning against San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher.

In one of the ads, zombies are shown walking through a park changing their path each time the narrator accuses Fletcher of switching sides on an issue.

Zombies-for-Responsible-GovernmentThe second commercial has zombies talking to each other about the candidate.

“The problem with Nathan Fletcher is he just stumbles from one position to the next,” one of the characters said.

The ad is paid for by “Zombies for Responsible Government Opposing Nathan Fletcher for Mayor.” It is just one of several attacks made against Fletcher in the past week.

The David Alvarez campaign is accusing Fletcher of breaking a pledge he made to run a clean campaign. They said a recently released flier attacks Alvarez and candidate Kevin Faulconer. The flier has a disclaimer that reads, “This message was not authorized by…

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Crowe’s mom testifies about finding murdered daughter

Crowe’s mom testifies about finding murdered daughter


Stephanie-CroweSAN DIEGO — The mother of a 12-year-old girl killed in 1998 testified Monday that her “whole world changed” when she found her daughter dead in their rural Escondido home.

Cheryl Crowe was the first witness to take the stand in the retrial of Richard Tuite, a transient accused of fatally stabbing her daughter, Stephanie.

Tuite, 44, was convicted in 2004 of voluntary manslaughter, but a federal appeals court reversed the conviction in 2011, saying Tuite didn’t get a fair trial because a judge limited cross-examination of a prosecution witness.

Crowe testified that her mother woke her up the morning of Jan. 21, 1998, after finding Stephanie dead in her bedroom.

“My mom told me to get up. (She said) something’s wrong with Stephanie,” Crowe testified. “Our whole world changed.”

Crowe said she laid on top of her daughter to try to warm her up while her husband Steve ran…

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City Council approves management reorganization

City Council approves management reorganization


SAN DIEGO — The City Council Monday unanimously approved a management reorganization of the San Diego mayor’s office.

City of San DiegoThe plan was the result of a top-down review of city operations ordered by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria when he succeeded Bob Filner on Aug. 30.

He said he developed the plan in order to reduce the workload of the chief operating officer, who has been tasked with overseeing all city operations with the help of one assistant. The flaw causes all kinds of problems, he said.

“Decisions aren’t made nearly as quickly as they should be, information is not shared the way that it should be, there are missed opportunities to spot problems and, importantly, find solutions ahead of time,” Gloria said.

Under his plan, three deputy COOs will be hired to oversee neighborhood services, internal operations, and infrastructure and public works.

Similar positions were cut a few years ago because…

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Meth use up among county inmates

Meth use up among county inmates


Jail CellsSAN DIEGO — Methamphetamine use climbed among people booked into San Diego jails in 2012, compared to the year before, the San Diego Association of Governments announced Monday.

A SANDAG study found that 47 percent of women and 31 percent of men who get arrested last year tested positive for the drug, compared to 39 percent and 26 percent, respectively, in 2011.

The rate of positive tests among juveniles stayed steady at 4 percent.

“Despite exemplary, collaborative efforts such as the Methamphetamine Strike Force, meth use remains a chronic problem in our region,” SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Cynthia Burke said.

“While some progress has been made, law enforcement agencies, emergency rooms and public drug treatment programs continue to have to pour valuable resources into tackling the problem,” she said.

Meth is often an underlying factor in family violence, child abuse and neglect, work problems, and high-risk behaviors like…

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