AM Briefing from 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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