AM Briefing from 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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