AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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