AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 4, 2014

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies spot then lose a wanted felon. Christopher Doneski is wanted on a felony warrant and for auto theft, possession of stolen property, evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Initially the Deputies spotted a man they thought could be Doneski driving along Ramona Street in the North Eastern San Diego County of city Ramona. The Deputies tried to pull him over but he didn’t stop. He parked in a driveway and jumped out and ran away. The Sheriff’s helicopter was called and along with Deputies on the ground they searched for Doneski but to no avail. Anyone with any info about his whereabouts is asked to please call San Diego Sheriff’s at 858-565-5200. If your tip pans out you could get a $1000 reward.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 10:00 AM and the two major things on the agenda are…

First approving Mayor Faulconer’s appointment of Shelly Zimmerman as Chief of Police.

Second whether or not to raise the linkage fee back up to its original rate. The linkage fee was originally a 1.5 % fee on construction downtown that was lowered by half. The money is used to pay for affordable housing. There is a push to put the fee back up to its normal rate but opponents say it could cost jobs. Proponents of the fee say that in 2010 the linkage fee collected about $250,000 and that not enough to help with San Diego’s affordable housing crisis.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is meeting and two items are top of their agenda. First a new hotel on Harbor Island and second honoring former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne.

At 2:30 the nonprofit Get Safe USA is training first-responders at the San Diego Zoo.

Today is Fat Tuesday and there’s a lot to do all over town all day today.

My top three are

First go over to any San Diego i-Hop and get some free pancakes. Starting at 7:00 AM and running all the way to 10:00 tonight they are serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes. Now they are asking for donations for the pancakes and all the money goes to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Last year they raised $52,000

Then at 11:00 AM the Helen Woodward Animal Center is throwing its second annual Doggie Gras and Fat Cat Tuesday Celebration. It’s free and open to the public.

And finally tonight in downtown San Diego the 20th annual San Diego Mardi Gras party and parade. Over 30,000 people are expected to show up and party along 5th avenue between Broadway and Harbor drive.

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