AM Briefing from for March 20, 2014

San Diego State Basketball faces New Mexico State in their first match-up for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Spokane Washington. Tip-off is just before 7:00 and the Alumni Association is gathering at Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill to watch the game. If … I’m sorry I apologize … I mean after the Aztecs beat New Mexico their next game will be up against the winner of the Oklahoma State vs North Dakota State game.

Today starting at 8:00 AM tickets for the NCAA games being played here in San Diego go on sale on line. A limited number of tickets for the games at SDSU’s Viejas Arena will be available at and

And all eight teams playing will have practices today and they’re open to the public

— Weber State is from noon-12:40 p.m.

— Oklahoma State, 12:45-1:25 p.m.;

— Arizona, 1:30-2:10 p.m.;

— Gonzaga, 2:15-2:55 p.m.;

— Virginia Commonwealth, 4:25-5:05 p.m.;

— UCLA, 5:10-5:50 p.m.;

— Stephen F. Austin, 5:55-6:35 p.m.; and

— Tulsa, 6:40-7:20 p.m.

This morning after 8:00 the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer and it’s 300 sailors leave San Diego for an independent deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. Commander Randy J. Van Rossum says that they have spent the past year and half getting ready for this deployment.

Well known Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, Democratic Congress people Susan Davis and Scott Peters, along with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are all getting together this morning at 9:00. They are talking about a new report that says cyber security is a $1.5 billion dollar business for San Diego County. They are going to announce a new public-private partnership called Cyber Center of Excellence. It’s supposed to connect cyber companies with military leaders and academic partners so they can all coordinate and promote San Diego’s regional cyber strengths. It’s also one of the few times these three congress people will agree on anything.

Then at 12:15 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is announcing his new 26-member staff.

This morning in Balboa Park’s Prado at 9:30 AM ten of San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies are being recognized at the annual auto-theft enforcement awards. They are credited with 51 arrests and the recovery of 167 stolen cars with a value of more than $1.1 million.

Two arraignments of note this afternoon at 1:30, both in San Diego’s courthouse.

42-year-old Ghazal Mansury is accused of murdering her 79-year-old mother then dumping her body in an isolated area in far East San Diego County on the Barona Indian Reservation.

And 7-people are being arraigned for the same crime. Travis Wilbert Ross III, Travis Cofey, Derrick Henderson, Robert Shannon Jr., Carlton Blue, Manuel Castaneda and Sharika Bradley are all accused of stabbing and killing a 25-year-old in a street fight

Chula Vista is breaking ground on some new affordable housing this afternoon at 1:00. It’ll be the first mixed-use housing project in San Diego County’s South Bay. The development is going to have 33 apartments and be built on land that has been unused for over a decade at 240 Landis Ave. They’ll have 1 and three bedrooms and rents will range from around $600 to just over $1200.

And finally a reminder that the SDSU Alumni Association watch party for the Aztecs vs New Mexico State men’s basketball game is tonight starting at 6:15 at Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill, 7510 Hazard Center Drive.

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