Daily Archives: November 12, 2013

Fight brews over ‘Meatball’ the bear’s name

Fight brews over ‘Meatball’ the bear’s name

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County animal sanctuary that took in “Meatball” the Glendale bear now wants the woman who turned him into a social media darling to sign away all legal claims to the bear’s name.

Meatball, who got his nickname after he was caught eating frozen Costco meatballs from a garage refrigerator in 2012, had been slated to be euthanized after repeatedly returning to Glendale despite being relocated deep within Angeles National Forest.

But then Sarah Aujero stepped in, branding Meatball on Twitter with @TheGlendaleBear and campaigning to relocate him to a permanent animal sanctuary.

The tactic worked. Amid a surge of public interest, wildlife officials trapped the bear a third time.

The effort to find Meatball a permanent home quickly grew into a full-fledged fundraising campaign, complete with branded shirts, tote bags and stickers to help pay for a new enclosure at Lions, Tigers & Bears…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 12, 2013

In front of San Diego’s Hall of Justice at 9:00 AM Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and County Supervisor Greg Cox are speaking out against the release of convicted sexually violent predator Douglas Badger. Badger’s record of sexual assaults goes back to 1974, and he’s been in and out of prison almost his entire adult life. Back in August a court found that he could be released with treatment and supervision. Another hearing is set for November 15th to try and figure out where to house him.

Planning for climate change is on the agenda for the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners this morning at 8:30.

El Cajon’s City Council is talking about how to fill the now vacant Mayor’s Office this afternoon at 3:00. The last mayor Mark Lewis quite in disgrace last month after he was recorded in an interview making what many consider to be racially insensitive comments about El Cajon’s Iraqi community. Nearly 50,000 Iraqi immigrants live in El Cajon.

And finally this afternoon at 11:00 AM Mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer is making campaign stops at three of San Diego’s Homeless Shelters.

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Deported Army vet hopes to return to U.S.

Deported Army vet hopes to return to U.S.

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[trib_ndn vid=25347269]SAN DIEGO – An Army veteran served in the U.S. military, but since has been banned from the country.

Hector Barajas wanted to be solider and enlisted in the U.S. Army right out of high school. He was honorably discharged in 1999.  Soon after, Barajas got in trouble with the law and was convicted for discharging of a firearm into a vehicle.

Army Veteran Hector BarajasThe former paratrooper lived in Los Angeles as a legal resident, but the crime he was convicted of put him on a deportation list under immigration legislation passed in 1996, which increased the number of deportable crimes.

Immigration officials don’t keep track, but some advocacy groups estimate thousands of veterans like Barajas, have been deported to countries all around the world.

“They say no man left behind – I feel I was left behind,” said Barajas. “It hurts, not just on Veterans Day.”

Barajas operated Banished Veterans…

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Drones cause worry in East County

Drones cause worry in East County

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SAN DIEGO – The Federal Aviation Administration is spreading the message that the use of drones over public areas is fast approaching, but some East County residents are speaking up in protest.

DronesJustSayNoDozens of people packed into the Julian Library Monday night in order to discuss how best to fight back against politicians and corporate interests, pressuring the next move in unmanned aircraft.

“I’m not doing anything wrong, but I still don’t want to be spied on,” said Julie Schneider, a local resident of Julian.”We moved away from the city for quiet.”

East County residents are not happy about the possibility of having an omnipresent eye in the sky.

“The war is winding down and now military contractors need to sell their drones to someone,” said Dave Patterson from military veterans for peace. “Right now there are essentially no rules regulating drones and if there are no one is paying…

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Bobcat found sleeping near high school

Bobcat found sleeping near high school

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[trib_ndn vid=25347412]SAN DIEGO – A bobcat was spotted sleeping outside Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos Monday evening, police said.

San Diego police officers were seen near the high school’s football stadium at the 13500 Camino del Sur campus after someone saw the animal west of the bleachers at 4:30 p.m., SDPD officer Dino Delimitros said.

Miguel Carillo was at Westview High to watch the marching band competition on the football field.

“Around 1:30 or so, he moved out towards the shopping center and spent about 30 minutes in the top corner of the bush area.  Then, about an hour later, he came down to what appears to be a den area for him,”  said Carillo.

The California Department of Fish and Game did not respond to the incident because the bobcat would likely run off, Delimitros said.

The animal did not attack anyone, according to the officer.

By 6:45…

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