AM Briefing from for March 5, 2014

Jorge Rojas Lopez and Juan Estrada Gonzalez escaped death for the time being at least. The two are convicted leaders of a Mexican kidnapping and murder gang that got caught working in San Diego County. Yesterday the judge in their case was forced to declare a mistrial in the penalty part of their trial. The jury is hopelessly deadlocked on whether or not to recommend the death penalty. Lopez was found guilty of 4 murders and Gonzalez of six first-degree murder counts. The trial of the two 34-year-olds has been going on since January of last year.

In both of the guilty verdicts the jurors did find that the pair kidnapped, tortured, and murders multiple people all while members of a gang. That usually means special circumstances or the death penalty can be applied. Now the District Attorney has to pick if they want to retry parts of the criminal case that are still unresolved or retry the penalty phase.

Big surf will pound San Diego beaches today. The National Weather Service says that the large west-to-northwest swell will being 5 to 8 foot waves with sets as high as 10 feet. The means the face of the wave could be as high at 15-20 feet. Today is NOT a day to learn how to surf… but it is a great day to watch to pros from the beach. It’ll be impressive.

There is an arraignment and two sentencings on the docket for today.

First at 8:30 this morning in Vista’s courthouse David Diaz is being arraigned and accused of stabbing and killing a 24-year-old.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s court Maria Luisa Garcia will hear her fate for beating her 8-year-old daughter with a broomstick, choking her, and whipping her with a belt.

Also at 1:30 but in Chula Vista’s courthouse Treviyon Rew is being sentenced for shooting a man during one carjacking and then shooting two other men at another.

San Diego City Council committees are meeting today.

First at 9:00 AM the Infrastructure Committee is meeting about spending $500,000 to plan an administrative building at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the Environment Committee is getting together to talk about how the city’s utility undergrounding program is going and what’s next for the program?

The Coast Guard, Police, and Lifeguards are all training for a mass-rescue today in Mission Bay Channel. Today is the start of a two day boat rescue exercise for the agencies.

What do ShakeSmart, Solo Eyewear, Volcom, Pura Vida, and Oggi’s Pizza all have in common? They are all run by San Diego State University graduates. Today at 10:00 AM SDSU is showing off those and other companies run by Aztec alumni at Entrepreneur Day.

And finally … at 11:00 AM a $175 million dollar medical office building for Scripps Memorial Hospital is breaking ground. It’s all part of the hospital’s Scripps campus renovations.

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