Monthly Archives: January 2014

AM Briefing from for January 31, 2014

According to the National Weather Service Strong winds, big surf, and rain are hitting all over San Diego County today. Winds with gusts up to 50-miles-per-hour will scour the mountain and deserts in San Diego. High tides over 7-feet could bring flooding. And the scattered showers are sure to snarl our commute. For once there is actually weather in San Diego

San Diego sheriff warns us not to get taken by a new phone scam. The scammers call you and say they are some kind of law enforcement and that one of your relatives has a warrant out requiring immediate cash payment to avoid arrest. Sheriff Bill Gore says that law enforcement does not call asking for payment to avoid arrest warrants. And if you do get one of those calls or a call that makes you suspicious just hang up and call the Sheriff’s Department on your own at 858-565-2000.

This morning at 8:30 climate change, getting to school safely, and the profile of politicians from all across California is what the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is talking about today for the last day of their annual retreat.

Early this afternoon at 11:00 American Donald Young faces Wimbledon champ Andy Murray for the opening match of the Davis Cup at PETCO Park. Special tennis court and grand stands was built in the middle of center field.

Also at 11:00 AM Wal-Mart is giving $100,000 to Angel’s Depot. Angel’s Depot is a San Diego nonprofit that feeds the ageing poor.

University of California San Diego is celebrating Black History Month today at noon with music and spoken-word at Price Center Plaza.

This afternoon at 12:30 the new 500,000-squate-foot hospital on base at Camp Pendleton opens with a ribbon cutting.

And finally at 5:00 tonight San Diego Vietnamese American Youth Alliance starts its three-day party for the Tet Festival. The party is at the Mira Mesa Community Park.

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AM Briefing from for January 30, 2014

Sewage flowing out of the Tijuana River into the ocean near the US – Mexico border prompts officials to issue a contamination alert. San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health or D-E-H says that a pipeline brake at a reservoir let the sewage loose. The waters from the Border north through Imperial Beach are not safe for swimming. The D-E-H will retest the waters soon but until then signs warning people of the health hazards will remain up.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts. They warn us that sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gust up to 60 will scours the east county. They go on to warn drivers to watch for debris and that people driving high profile vehicles like semi-trucks and RV’s should be extra careful.

There is an arraignment and sentencing of note today.

First at 8:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse Hector Hoyt’s arraignment for a fatal hit and run while driving a San Diego Gas and Electric truck. At the time 55-year-old Hoyt worked for SDG&E. He’s accused of hitting 54-year-old Robert Fisher on January 6th then taking off, all while driving an SDG&E Ford 550 truck.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s courthouse retired firefighter and former Commodore of the Coronado Yacht Club is being sentenced for molesting a neighbor girl.

San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors continues their annual retreat this morning. They are at Lakeside’s Barona Resort all day talking about car sharing and rapid transit.

At 10:00 AM San Diego Police and Sheriff’s announce their new campaign against human trafficking. They are highlighting some legal changes that will impact businesses.

And finally tonight at 11:00 PM the Indochinese Association of San Diego kicks off the Year of the Horse with fireworks, a dragon dance, and traditional Chinese music.

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Cole: SDPD fails in their policy on racial profiling

Cole: SDPD fails in their policy on racial profiling

[trib_ndn vid=25570721]SAN DIEGO – San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne made a pitch Wednesday for the City Council to authorize the purchase of cameras that record the interaction of officers and the public in order to reduce incidents of racial profiling.

The chief’s proposal came at  a meeting of the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, where dozens of residents called out San Diego Police Department’s top brass over a lapse in their policy when it comes racial profiling.

During a packed meeting, dozens of people took to the podium with various racial profiling claims by San Diego police officers. The attendees outlined their experiences of being pulled over by officers and immediately questioned about their probation status, gang connections and tattoos.

“When I’m dressed like this, they don’t handcuff me,” said one African American man wearing a business suit.

SDPD Chief William Lansdowne“As a college graduate and African American woman, it’s…

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AM Briefing from for January 27, 2014

San Diego’s City Council has a lot on its plate today. First this afternoon at 2:00 they are meeting about calling primary elections for the even numbered council districts, a ballot measure, and capital improvements… That means spending some money keeping things like the city’s roads maintained. Then at 6:00 tonight the council is meeting about the city charter. They want to make December 10th Inauguration Day. Currently Inauguration Day is 27-34 days after the election. It’s thought by officials that setting it to December 10th will give more constancy to the length of terms.

Neel Kashkari, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, is in San Diego today. He’s talking to supporters at the Ballast Point Brewing Company at 11:00 AM. 40-year-old Kashkari was an assistant secretary of the treasury for President George W. Bush.

It’s still way early in the California gubernatorial process. It’ll be interesting to see who the Republicans end up putting forward.

At 9:00 AM Sean Patrick Banks is in court. He’s accused of raping two women, one of which he met through a Christian dating web site. Today he’s in court for what’s called a “conditional exam”. This is the questioning of a witness that is a minor. I want to stress that we do not know how this minor is involved, or what the minor saw and heard. However that should all be made clear this morning in El Cajon’s courthouse.

And finally late this afternoon at 4:30 the San Diego Unified School District is telling parents about California’s new funding formula and how their schools and kids will be affected.

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Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Escondido

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Escondido

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A pursuit that began in San Diego Sunday morning ended in Escondido when police shot and killed a man who said he was armed and holding the female driver hostage, police said.

San Diego police officers tried to pull over a maroon pickup for a minor violation shortly before 7 a.m. on northbound Interstate 15 near Aero Drive, Escondido Police Lt. Neal Griffin said.

The driver took off with police in pursuit. The chase ended in gunfire about 40 minutes later near North Centre City Parkway and Country Club Lane in Escondido.

During the chase, the passenger, identified by relatives as 27-year-old Aaron Devener, called police on a cell phone.

“He made a number of threats against the woman, who he identified as a hostage,” Griffin said. “He also threatened that he had a firearm and he threatened that he had explosives.”

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Hundreds turn out to be the next Padres public announcer

Hundreds turn out to be the next Padres public announcer

[trib_ndn vid=25559780]SAN DIEGO – The Padres held open tryouts for their vacant public address announcer position Saturday.

The casting call began at 9 a.m. at Petco Park and lasted till 4 p.m.  Hundreds of hopefuls showed up as nearly 500 people passed PADRES PAthrough the gates of Petco Park.

Those chosen as semi-finalists will be interviewed, and the finalists will get to showcase their skills during the annual Padres FanFest, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Fans will choose the top three by casting votes online.

The winner will be selected in March and be required to work every home game on the schedule, team officials said.

The Padres did not say why Frank Anthony, the team’s PA announcer since Petco Park opened in 2004, is being replaced.

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AM Briefing from for January 23, 2014

Many San Diego politicians are returning money donated to them by a Mexican National that is accused of using a straw man proxy to make the illegal donations.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis returned $700

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria returned $500

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio gave back $500

California State Representative Juan Vargas says he’s giving back any money illegally donated to him. Reportedly that could be as much as $3500

The UT San Diego identified the Mexican National attempting to make the illegal donations as Jose Susumo Azano Matsura. He’s accused of using a political social media company run by Ravneet Singh. Federal authorities arrested 41-year-old Singh in Washington DC last week and brought him to San Diego. It is alleged that Singh conspired to funnel as much as $500,000 from Azano Matsura into the coffers of San Diego politicians. Ex San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is accused of conspiring with Singh in the government’s complaint.

And a third man, lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes was charged yesterday with conspiracy to finance campaigns with illegal money. Court papers describe Cortes’s as a business associate and friend of Encinas.

More on this San Diego Political Novella is sure to follow.

A man is in Federal custody and accused of smuggling weapons into Mexico hidden in a motorized wheelchair. The 52-year-old was trying to cross at the Otay Mesa port of entry with parts for assault rifles and 64-box’s of ammo. Firearms are illegal in Mexico and American authorities say they will work hard to prevent smuggling from the states south. In my opinion he’s lucky he got caught in San Diego and not in Mexico.

The National Weather service has two warnings for San Diego. First: dense fog is blanketing our cost and make the morning commute very scary, so slow down.

And second a fire watch is in effect for San Diego’s inland valleys and mountains. High winds and low humidity are creating the dangerous conditions.
This morning at 8:00 the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is talking about hackers and cyber-attacks at breakfast event at the Bernardo Heights Country Club.

At 10:30 AM it’s the groundbreaking of a brand new 16,000 square foot fire station in Mission Valley.

Also at 10:30 in the North Eastern San Diego County city of Boulevard Cal Fire is also breaking ground on a new fire station.

Early this morning at 7:30 AM the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament kicks off with their opening ceremony. First tee is at 9:00 AM.

And finally tonight at 7:30 the 2014 Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series opens. The McDermott Trio is preforming and after they’re taking questions.

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