Monthly Archives: February 2014

SDPD names Shelley Zimmerman as new police chief

SDPD names Shelley Zimmerman as new police chief

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[trib_ndn vid=25663754]SAN DIEGO — Shelley Zimmerman, a three-decade veteran of the San Diego Police Department, was named Wednesday by Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer to be the city’s next police chief.

Zimmerman, currently an assistant chief, will succeed William Lansdowne, who this week announced his resignation, effective Monday. She will be the first woman ever to serve in the post.

Shelley-Zimmerman-named-new-police-chiefThe appointment will go before the City Council next week.

“The San Diego Police Department needs leadership now,” Faulconer said during a late-afternoon briefing in front of downtown SDPD headquarters. “Chief Zimmerman is a 31-year veteran, and she’s ready to lead.”

Faulconer described Zimmerman as a law enforcement leader who “understands clearly what will be acceptable in this department and what will not be.”

The agency’s public image has been compromised in recent months by allegations of sexual misconduct and other wrongdoing by a handful of officers. A longer-term challenge has been…

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Chief Lansdowne talks retirement, job offers

Chief Lansdowne talks retirement, job offers

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Watch the full interview with San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne, who sat down with Fox5’s Raoul Martinez Wednesday to discuss his announcement to retire and much more.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 27, 2014

An agitated and possibly suicidal 62-year-old man raised a rifle at San Diego Police officer forcing them to shoot and kill him. Yesterday morning at around 10:30 police got a call about a man with an AR-15 in an upstairs apartment between 9th and 10th avenues on Broadway in Downtown. Police say “Initial responding officers as well as emergency negotiators tried to communicate with the suspect, to no avail”. Police go on to say that the suspect was agitated and acting despondent when he raised the weapon at the officers. Then the veteran officer of 22-years fired about dozen shots at the suspect, killing him. The officer is on administrative leave pending the investigation.

San Diego’s politicos have a packed morning.

At 9:00 AM Council members from San Diego and Tijuana are meeting for a bi-national conference about our shared political and economic issues.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is giving his final press briefing this morning at 10:00. The new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, takes over on Monday.

At 11:00 AM the city of San Diego is celebrating Black History Month at the City Administration Building. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole are leading the party.

And a Campaign for reusable shopping bags is the subject of Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s 11:30 news conference.

In court there are two sentencings and two arraignments all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s courthouse Jason Arringdale will hear his fate for threatening a woman and baby with a knife in a department store bathroom

Then Ahmad Abassi is also in San Diego’s courthouse being arraigned and accused of threatening someone with a gun on campus at University of California San Diego.

Up north in Vista’s courthouse Michael Young is being arraigned and accused of beating his brother to death, reportedly in a fight over the noise at their father’s house.

And also in Vista … Agustin Garcia Morales is being sentenced for vehicular manslaughter. He was driving a car that hit and killed a toddler in Encinitas.

Tonight at 7:00 the San Diego Democrats for Equality is picking why they’ll endorse for district attorney.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the 125th Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Champions tennis tournament will take to the courts at the La Jolla Beach and tennis Club. Starting the tournament … college doubles.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 26, 2014

On the heels of several misconduct allegations, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne announces his retirement. Effective Monday March 3rd the 69-year-old law enforcement professional will leave the office he has led for over a decade. Within the past few years several officers have become embroiled in sexual misconduct cases … weather convicted or under investigation. Most notably Anthony Arevalos … convicted of sexually assaulting nine-woman while on duty. He’s serving 9-years in prison.

Reportedly mayor elect Kevin Faulconer met with Lansdowne. Faulconer says “The decision to resign was the chief’s, and the chief’s alone, I told him that I would support his decision.” Faulconer will announce the next step in choosing a new chief over the next couple of days.

Medical Marijuana dispensaries have new rules to follow. Yesterday San Diego’s City Council approved several new zoning regulations in an 8 to 1 vote. The city will now issue a 5-year conditional use permit to all dispensaries and a 1-year renewable public safety permit will come from San Diego Police. They will have to also stay 1,000 feet away from public parks, churches, child care centers, playgrounds, residential care facilities, schools and other dispensaries. They must stay 100-feet away from residential zones, and they are not allowed to have on-site medical professionals that can write pot prescriptions. Also only 4 dispensaries are allowed per council district.

San Diego City Council is busy today.

Starting at 9:00 AM the Budget Committee meets about updated to this year’s budget. Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is getting together to talk about a proposed audit of the San Diego Police Department, e-cig regulations, and sinking a decommissioned Canadian destroyer adding to the scuba diving park off the coast near Mission Beach.
At 9:00 AM San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is talking about more closely securitizing foreigners who want to learn how to fly.

Immigration reform activists are stopping at Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s office this morning at 9:30 AM. Then this morning at 10:00 and 11:00, and this afternoon at 3:00 and 4:30 they’re talking to the press.

An arraignment and a sentencing this afternoon at 1:30 worth talking about.

In San Diego’s courthouse Nicholas Gervais is being arraigned for allegedly crashing into another driver and killing him while driving drunk and possibly high, going the wrong way on the 94.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Salvador Martinez in being sentenced for trying to rob a Taco Bell with a knife. The police say witnesses were instrumental to his arrest.

Making Carlsbad a better city to walk and bike in is the topic of a community forum tonight at 6:00 at the Faraday Center.

And finally … tonight at 7:30 the Shen Yun Chinese music and dance extravaganza starts its five-day run at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts.

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SDPD Chief Lansdowne to retire

SDPD Chief Lansdowne to retire

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne has announced Tuesday he is retiring from the department amid various misconduct investigations involving several officers in his department, a police lieutenant said.

Lansdowne, who has been the city of San Diego’s top law enforcement officers since the summer of 2003, will officially retire Monday, March 3, 2014.

On Friday, Mayor Elect Kevin Faulconer met with the chief to discuss the direction of the department in the wake of accusations of on-duty sexual improprieties on the part of several sworn officers.

Though Faulconer did not ask him to resign, Lansdowne “felt it was time to do so,” SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

“The chief absolutely supports the new mayor and believes in his vision and direction for the city,” Mayer said. “This was a difficult decision for Chief Lansdowne to make, as he considers San Diego his home and truly…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 25, 2014

Politicos all across San Diego County are super busy today.

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting and on the agenda are: The way health risk assessments are taken for deputy sheriffs, Buying the Sheriff’s department a new helicopter, Getting the land for a new Lakeside Sheriff’s substation, and making it easier for venders to sell stuff at farmers markets.

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00. The big things on the agenda are: Honoring former fire department Public Information Officer Maurice Luque, And medical marijuana dispensary regulations.

The new group Coalition for Local Education through Accountability of Resources, or CLEAR is hosting their first press conference this morning at 10:20. They want more transparency in San Diego County school districts. Support for their group is coming from the American Civil Liberties Union, Barrio Logan College Institute, League of Women Voters, and Urban League.

At noon the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is talking about new state stormwater regulations in a luncheon panel at the San Diego Foundation.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about: parental involvement in schools, honoring Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, and financial reports on construction bonds.

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is giving her “State of the City” speech at 6:00 PM in Chula Vista’s council chambers.

In court two noteworthy things, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s courthouse it’s the arraignment for one of the male nurses accused of engaging in sex with another male nurse. All while caring for a 99-year-old incapacitated stroke victim.

And in El Cajon’s courthouse the sentencing for Troy Perott for slashing a friend with a box cutter.

And finally … Tonight at 7:00 the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 143’d anniversary.
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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 24, 2014

A man is dead and the driver of the truck that hit him is still on the loose. According to police last night at around 7:00 the 35-year-old victim was walking his dog and crossing the 1000 block of University Avenue in Hillcrest when he was struck by black truck. He was declared dead at 7:22 at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Police says the suspects truck is described as being black with “4 x 4” written in red on the rear quarter panel. Police go on to say that there were two people in the truck and ask anyone with any info to call SDPD at 858-495-7900.

San Diego City Council is busy this afternoon at 2:00.

First the great-grandmother who says she was sexually harassed by San Diego’s infamous former mayor Bob Filner is being honored by the council. Peggy Shannon says that Filner grabbed her, kissed her, and repeatedly asked her out. Today she’ll get an official apology and today will be declared “Peggy Shannon Day”.

After that the council is talking about a proposal to close the La Jolla Children’s Pool. The Children’s Pool was created near La Jolla Cove as a safe place for kids to swim in the ocean but seals and sea lions have taken it over. It’s a perennial issue for the council. Some want to block of the beach and leave it for the sea life while other say it is an artificial cove and should be kept clear for children to swim.

This morning at 8:40 The Port of San Diego is opening up its new 4 point 2-5 million dollar power station at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. It’s supposed to make it easier for ships to get power and not use their diesel engines as much while docked.

Tonight at 7:00 San Diego Unified School District is taking public input on its plan called “Vision 2020” at Mission Bay High School.

And finally tonight at 7:00 32 performing arts volunteers are being honored by the San Diego Performing Arts League at the 21st Star Awards.

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