AM Briefing from for February 10, 2014

A San Diego Police officer is behind bars and accused of groping female suspects. 30-year-old Officer Christopher Hays turned himself in at around 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Hays was booked on two counts of felony false imprisonment and three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. According to San Diego Police Hays could face 7 1/2 years in prison.

San Diego’s City Council is talking about an Open Data amendment to the City Charter this afternoon at 2:00. The plan is meant to give better public access to the city’s information. If enacted it will require periodic reviews of city policies that restrict access and force the City Council to openly support these limitations on access. The amendment was introduced by Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez. However Councilman and mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer supports it as well.

Also on the council’s docket this afternoon is the Barrio Logan zoning plan. This is a divisive issue for the mayoral election. Alvarez is supporting the new zoning rules … he says it’s what the residents of Barrio Logan want. While Faulconer doesn’t think the plan is right for the port businesses in Barrio Logan and could cost San Diego jobs.

Today is the last day of campaigning before tomorrow’s special San Diego mayoral election. Both the candidates are out for their final push. David Alvarez is talking to voters while riding the trolley’s Orange and Blue Lines this morning starting at 6:00 AM. Kevin Faulconer is waving at morning commuters from the corner of Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz Boulevard.

At 11:00 AM San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officially opens a new station in Rancho San Diego. The new 27,000-square-foot station cost 17.5 million dollars and will be home to just about 100 employees.

And finally tonight at 5:30 Reverend Dennis Morgan Brown is reenacting speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Oceanside Public Library. It’s all in honor of Black History Month.

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