Monthly Archives: March 2014

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 31, 2014

Today is Cesar Chavez day.

In San Diego that means many people have the day off; schools are closed, along with all government offices. This morning at 7:15 the San Diego Cesar Chavez Commemorative Committee hosts its annual memorial breakfast. This year the featured speaker, Oakland’s Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta the son of farm workers remembers the work Chavez did for Filipino farm workers. Many forget that while the vast majority of farm workers are from Latin America and Mexico in particular many are not. The breakfast is at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside on Harbor Drive sold out weeks ago.

This morning at 9:45 on board the USS Midway Museum Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is joining veterans, librarians and educators to launch the Veterans History Project for the 52nd District. The Veterans History Project is a program where veterans can share their stories in the first person. This way we all can learn about the events that shaped our country from the people that lived it.

San Diego Chargers and Union Bank are giving $5000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego, San Diego Armed Service YMCA and San Diego Center for Children. The money was raised at several games by asking fans to donate loose change.

Tonight at 6:00 the San Diego Padres are opening up PETCO Park to some special fans for Padres Preview Night. If you were lucky enough to get an invitation you’ll get to taste the new food stands, check out the new Padres social club and even take batting practice on the field.

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Man hides in bushes to catch teens accused of stealing mail

Man hides in bushes to catch teens accused of stealing mail

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 28, 2014

Reviving the Balboa Park centennial celebration is what San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria are talking about today at 11:00 AM. The original plan put forth by former and disgraced mayor Bob Filner was canceled and the committee officially disbanded. It cost the city $2.6 million to create the committee and for them to do whatever it was they did. Many want to know where that money went; the council has requested an audit.

That aside … Faulconer and Gloria want to bring back the party but a scaled down version. Now that the city is involved again many think that corporate investment will come and the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park in 2015 will be a success.

Todd Gloria says “You can’t lose sight of the fact that our park institutions have been doing incredible work over a long period of time, with the help of the centennial group, to pull together some blockbuster presentations for 2015”

San Diego Association of Governments has a busy day today.

First at 9:00 AM the Board of Directors is meeting about a draft budget for the coming fiscal year, and buying some land for the Inland Rail Trail Project. The Inland Rail Trail Project is a proposed bike path linking train stations from San Marcos to Vista in San Diego’s North Eastern County.

Then at 12:30 this afternoon 20 elected politicians from Mexico are meeting at the SANDAG offices to talk border infrastructure. Many of the politicos are from Tijuana, Rosarito, and Tecate.

San Diego health care providers are announcing their plan to fight prescription drug abuse at 10:30 this morning at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers on Genesee Avenue.

Security guards are tossing their hat into the income inequality debate today at 11:00 AM. In a town hall like event at 4001 El Cajon Blvd representatives from Service Employees International Union will make their case for higher pay. SEIU says that paying the guards more will “inject $244 million into the local economy”. San Diego City Councilmembers Sherri Lightner, Todd Gloria, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez are all slated to be there as well.

One arraignment and two sentencings today all at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse.

Joseph Arthur Robinson is being arraigned and accused of shooting a man in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Maria Lusia Garcia, a 35-year-old mother of 10, is being sentenced for child abuse. She was convicted of felony child abuse and pleaded guilty to unlawful corporal punishment. She’s looking at up to six years in prison.

Johnnie Edwards and Mautofu Maiava convicted of robbing several people at a house party in San Marcos will also hear their fate this afternoon.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame is having its 13th annual induction ceremony. Barrio Logan activist Rachel Ortiz and interim director of the Joan B. Kroc Center Peace and Justice Dianne Lee Aker are among the inductees.

And finally tonight at 9:00 Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 is screening “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero” Before the movie the night club the Stingaree is hosting a cocktail party at 6:00.

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Aztecs fall to Wildcats in NCAA tournament

Aztecs fall to Wildcats in NCAA tournament

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 27, 2014

San Diego State University Aztecs Men’s Basketball faces the University of Arizona Wildcats in a sweet 16 showdown. The Wildcats are heavily favored but many think that’s way overblown and the Aztecs are going to trounce their overconfident foe. Game starts at 7:17.

73-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease went missing yesterday afternoon and San Diego Sheriff’s Department wants you to keep an eye out for her. Her name is World Luz Loper, she’s five foot one inch tall, weighs about 100 pounds, has brown hair, and short white hair done up in a Mohawk. Sheriff’s Departments says that Loper likes to wear a trash bag when its raining and that if you ask her how old she is she’ll smile and say “Sweet 16” Anyone with any info is asked to call 858-565-5200.

One sentencing and an arraignment worth mentioning today.

At 8:30 this morning in San Diego’s courthouse Aaron Franklin will be sentenced for murdering a member of his own gang.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Ernesto Dominguez is being arraigned and accused of breaking into a Spring Valley home.

At 11:00 AM Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Education President Jim Cartmill and Superintendent Ed Brand are talking to the press about the contract talks with teachers union. This board of education has been plagued with problems. One of its board members was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year. This week the board canceled a meeting for the second week in a row. They were supposed to talk about the teachers’ contract. So everyone is very curious what President Cartmill and Superintendent Brand will say.

San Diego County Treasure and Tax Collector Dan McAllister is talking to the press at 11:00 this morning about the approaching property tax deadline.

Then at 11:30 San Diego State Political Science professor Mikhail Alexseev, a Ukrainian native, is giving a talk about what effect the Kiev protests have had and what he thinks is going to happen in Ukrain’s future.

Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 10-years of working with the AFL-CIO this morning at 8:15.

Then at 9:15 the North County Transit District and San Marcos Fire Department is practicing rescuing people from a train stalled on a bridge. So if you see fire trucks at the Rancheros Road and Woodland Parkway rail bridge that goes over the 78 in North County, don’t freak out.

Long term parkers at San Diego’s airport are getting one of their lots back this morning at 10:00. The 2000 space lot just north of Lindbergh Field is re-opening, it now has some space set aside for a new rental car center that’s supposed to open in 2016.

At 10:30 the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is hosting a meeting about how the oceans affect human health. They’re talking about the molecular processes behind global marine pollutants, human exposure to methyl mercury, oil oxidation following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and much more.

And finally … how pirates have helped to advance the progress of science is the topic of a talk at University of California San Diego at 7:00 tonight.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 26, 2014

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is meeting at 9:00 AM and top of the agenda are the iconic sales at the Convention Center. According to a report by the Convention Center the sails will need to be replaced in 2017 and they want the city to pony up $11 and half million dollars to do it. The report also says that things like the heat and air conditioning system, restrooms, and ice makers are in need of immediate work. The report says it’ll cost $41 million to get up to date on all the back logged work.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 the city council’s Environment Committee is meeting and disbanding the committee created to arrange the Balboa Park centennial celebration. The committee says it wasn’t able to get enough interest from San Diegans or city officials.

Where a tsunami could hit in San Diego is what the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services is talking about today at 10:30 AM. They are going to show the media a mailer and map that every home and business in possible tsunami zones will get showing them how their area could be affected by a tsunami. Eighth graders from the Old Town Academy are also going to show off an evacuation demo they made.

Then this morning at 11:30 Council President Todd Gloria is talking to the press about raising San Diego’s minimum wage. Gloria wants voters to weigh in on it and decide if San Diego workers deserve a higher lowest pay.

In court today two sentencings and two arraignments worth mentioning.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 2:00 PM Tony Lee Burleson is being sentenced for molesting four teenage boys. The 44-year-old firearms trainer pleaded guilty to molesting the boys one of which is a relative of his.

At 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Joann Carter will hear her fate for stabbing a guy she was dating in the neck after she found out he was dating other women.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:30 Blaine Anthony Arellano is being arraigned for assaulting his roommate which ended with Arellano being stabbed by the roommate.

And still in El Cajon at 1:30 Francisco Roblero is being arraigned for running from the cops while riding his motorcycle and slamming into a trolley.

Stopping obesity and diabetes in the Asian and Pacific Islander community is what 13 restaurant owners are talking about this morning at 10:00. They’ll be at Operation Samahan, an immigrant health care focused organization headquarters at 1428 Highland Ave in National City.

Patrick Henry High School is finally breaking ground on a new performing arts center at 3:30 this afternoon. San Diego Unified School District has had the new building on the drawing board for years.

And finally at 6:00 tonight new San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is hosting another town hall meeting. This time she’s at Cherokee Point Elementary taking questions.

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Firefighter arrested at accident files claim against CHP

Firefighter arrested at accident files claim against CHP

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 25, 2014

More problems for the SDPD. San Diego strippers are suing the San Diego Police Department. The dancers say that while SDPD Officers were conducting an inspection of an adult club they took pictures of the 25 exotics dancers without a warrant or reason. Lawyer Dan Gilleon says that the officers “had no legitimate safety concerns, nor were the manner of detentions commensurate with any articulable threat.” This all happened as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI announce they are launching a probe into SDPD sexual misconduct.

San Diego City Council is meeting this morning at 10:00 AM. On the agenda is final approval for spending $500,000 to build a 5000-square-foot administration building at the Mission Trails Regional Park Equestrian Center. If approved the new building will have offices, a kitchen, showers, conference room, storage space and shade outside.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is in San Diego today. Fist at 10:00 AM he’s touring C-A Botana a skin and personal care manufacturer in with some media availability after the tour. Then at noon he’s leading a roundtable at Andre’s Cuban Restaurant on Morena Boulevard about running business in California with more media availability after that.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is honoring law enforcement for their part in the fight against drunk driving today at 11:30 AM at the Town and Country Resort.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Marti Emerald and talking to the press about how they want to use some of a federal grant to fix things like sidewalks and streetlights. They’ll be at the corner of Orange and Altandena Avenues at 12:30 PM.

Also at 12:30 this afternoon the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve or FOCUS is giving out shoes to underprivileged kids at Joyner Elementary School on Myrtle Ave.

Three sentencings this afternoon at 1:30

Leon Powell will be in San Diego’s courthouse hearing how long he’ll be behind bars for breaking into food writer Jeanne Jones’s La Jolla home.

Also in San Diego’s courthouse Thomas Nelson, who pleaded guilty to being one of the three “Backdoor Bandits”, will be sentenced for the armed-robbery of over a dozen restaurants and businesses.

And in Chula Vista’s courthouse Adam Howe will hear his fate for breaking into a church and mobile home park.

Southern California Edison is giving the media a special preview of equipment from the now closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that’s going up for auction starting this Wednesday.

And finally tonight at 7:00 the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is getting together to talk about what they are going to say in their recommendation to the President in February of 2015.

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Man recovers stolen memorial plaques in San Ysidro

Stolen memorial plaques returned

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 24, 2014

The strike of 13,000 hospital workers has been narrowly averted. Over the weekend union and University of California hospitals came to an agreement after marathon negotiations. Picketing was supposed to start this morning at 7:00 AM at hospitals run by the University of California In San Diego that meant hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla would be affected. Kathryn Lybarger, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees or AFSCME Local 3299 says the new agreement “reflects compromise on both sides, improves safety in UC hospitals, and honors the important contributions to patient care technical workers” The union’s 22,000 members will vote on the new contract on March 26 & 27 … that’s this Wednesday and Thursday.

The U.S. Justice Department is talking to the press today at 11:00 AM about how they are going to help the San Diego Police Department set up an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS Office. The COPS office is being set up as a result of several incidents of officer misconduct.

At the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation tonight at 6:00 San Diego’s new police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is meeting with several people from the Southeastern San Diego area that say the SDPD is racially profiling them. In this town hall style meeting called “Meet the Chief” Chief Zimmerman says she hopes to instill a “culture of excellence” and that officers not living up to this standard will not be tolerated.

San Diego City Council has a full docket today.

First at 9:00 AM the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is getting together and talking about a ballot measure that will raise San Diego’s minimum wage and require employers give five sick-days to employees.

Then at 2:00 the full council gets together and they are talking about who get some federal block grants for community development. They’re also talking about using a $1,000,000 city budget surplus to keep homeless shelters open three months longer than they are now.

wait … there’s a million dollars budget surplus? I’m going to look into that.

In Vista’s courthouse at 1:30 college student Samuel Ruiz is being sentenced for sending threatening messages following the murder of a 13-year-old and 15-year-old at a park. Ruiz and his threats have no relation to the murders; this was some kind of prank, however threatening someone over the phone is a crime.

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