Daily Archives: January 22, 2014

BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast – Pope’tastic with Brad Kierkegaard

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BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast with Brad Kierkegaard, religious studies professor from San Diego State University.

And no he’s not a relation of the famous 19th century philosopher.

We talked about the Pope.

The Pope is making waves inside and outside the church.

His views on what the Catholic Church should be focused on.

The poor over birth control.

His criticisms of global capitalism.

He’s even come out in favor of breastfeeding, though we don’t talk about that.

I waited as long as I did after Pope Francis came into power because I wanted him to have to time to do stuff before I started to judge him. Brad has some great points about this new Pope. I particularly like his comparison to Pope Emeritus Benedict.

We sat in the little chapel behind the alter at Saint Joseph’s, San Diego’s Cathedral.

Brad has this great way of couching his criticisms in positivity. It’s a fascinating and interesting chat.

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$200K of meth snagged at I-8 checkpoint

$200K of meth snagged at I-8 checkpoint


SAN DIEGO – Federal agents staffing an East County freeway checkpoint over the Martin Luther King Day weekend arrested two motorists on suspicion of trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the United States, authorities said Tuesday.

About 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old U.S. woman arrived at the Campo- area Interstate 8 inspection facility in a 2003 Nissan 350Z, and a service dog alerted officers to the presence of contraband inside the vehicle, according to Border Patrol officials.

A search of the car revealed a large non-factory stereo in the trunk. Inside a connected speaker, officials found 4.1 pounds of methamphetamine, a quantity with an estimated street value of roughly $47,000.

Early Monday morning, a 53-year-old Mexican man arrived at the checkpoint in a 1999 Ford F150. A canine team detected something suspicious in the pickup truck, and a search uncovered 11 hidden packages of the drug. The 13.8-pound stash would have…

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SD bartender becomes Master Mezcalier

SD bartender becomes Master Mezcalier


[trib_ndn vid=25549631]SAN DIEGO –A downtown San Diego bartender has a new level of expertise shared by just a handful of people in the world.  Jen Queen is among the first to graduate with the special certification of Master Mezcalier.  What is a Master Mezcalier?  She’s glad you asked.

Shbar pice’s an expert on the alcohol mezcal.

“Mezcal is the origin of tequila,” she said from behind the bar of Saltbox downtown. “If we go way back, this is the way tequila was produced.”

The difference between tequila and mescal is that mezcal must be made with 100 percent agave plants, tequila needs just 51 percent.

Queen’s love of spirits is in her blood. She grew up with her mom running a bar in Ohio.

“It always seemed like the most fun profession you could ever be in,” Queen said. “I’m friends with everybody at my bar and they can drink…

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Toni Atkins elected Assembly speaker

Toni Atkins elected Assembly speaker


SAN DIEGO — Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said Wednesday she was “humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work” as the first San Diegan to become speaker of the Assembly.

The remarks were the first since word spread Tuesday of Atkins’ selection by her colleagues in the lower chamber of the state Legislature. She is currently the majority leader.

“From the drought we are experiencing to ensuring a healthy business climate and a world-class educational system, California is facing important issues in the near future,” Atkins said. “I look forward to leading the state Assembly in working with the Senate and the governor to meet our challenges and to move our great state forward.”

Details on when she would succeed current Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, were still being worked out. Atkins’ spokeswoman, Dale Kelly Bankhead, said it could be during the spring, but plans remained up in the…

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Mother killed by truck after pushing children out of way

Mother killed by truck after pushing children out of way


[trib_ndn vid=25549365]SAN DIEGO — A woman who was walking two children to school died Wednesday morning after she was hit by an SDG&E truck while crossing the street, police said.

Ana HerreraThe accident happened at about 7:40 a.m. in the 3900 block of Cottonwood Street in the Shelltown neighborhood of San Diego. Ana Herrera, 37, was crossing the street in the middle of the block with her 5-year-old daughter, Anahi, and Jaslene Arias, a 4-year-old neighbor, Jaslene’s mother Raquel Arias told Fox 5 News. They were headed to nearby Balboa Elementary School, a walk they made every day, Arias said.

An SDG&E pickup came down the street and Herrera pushed the children out of the way before she was hit, police said. She was pinned beneath the Chevrolet pickup owned by the utility. Several neighbors heard the accident and lifted the truck off of the woman, Arias said.   Someone attempted…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 22, 2014

A self-styled “Campaign Guru” is accused of funneling half a million dollars into local campaigns and plotting to fire San Diego’s current Police Chief then pick the new one. 41-year-old Ravneet Singh owner ElectionMall Inc. was arrested on Friday by the FBI and was in a San Diego’s federal court yesterday. Former San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is also named in the complaint and accused of working with Signh. The government says that Encinas oversaw the security of the person referred to as the “the foreign national” in the complaint. The government alleges that from 2011 to 2013 Signh and Encinas helped the foreigner donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a string of candidates. Including the San Diego’s 2012 mayoral election and the 2013 special election for mayor. While Singh was officially accused in court it’s not yet known if Encinas’s will be accused as well.

The FBI says

“Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any American electoral campaign—whether at the federal, state or local level.”

In an attempt to limit the spread of this season’s flu Scripps Health hospitals are adding restrictions to visitors. Now all visitors will be screened and if they’ve got flu-like symptoms they won’t be allowed in and Kids under 14 are not allowed in … unless they or their parents have an appointment.

Scripps Chief Medical Officer Dr. James LaBelle says

“We ask that visitors follow these new guidelines so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.”

It’s the first day of class for San Diego State University’s spring semester and a bunch of events celebrating the brand new 206,000 square foot Aztec Center start today at 9:00 AM. The building cost $104 million to build. It has restaurants, a bowling alley, theater, ballroom, meeting rooms, and student government offices.

At 6:40 AM Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at the Zurich Pro-AM. This is part of the festivities leading up to the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla.

This morning at around 7:00 hundreds of people will officially become citizens at San Diego’s Golden Hall.

At 10:30 San Diego’s interim Mayor Todd Gloria is launching a multi-million dollar tourism marketing campaign.

And at 3:00 this afternoon petitions in opposition to the linkage fee will be turned in. The linkage fee is a fee charged to all non-residential construction. The fee originally was 1 point 5 percent then in the mid 90’s it was lowered to point 75 percent and now some city leaders want to raise it back to the original rate. The money raised helps to fund affordable housing. Opponents say if the fee is increased it will hurt business expansion.

Kenneth Hamilton will be in Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 and he wants to change a guilty plea. Originally Hamilton pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his part in the murders of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And finally tonight at 6:00 in the University of California San Diego’s Great Hall the good life and being happy are the topic for a series of lectures. Tonight’s is called “Ben Franklin and the American Dream”

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