Monthly Archives: April 2014

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 30, 2014

It is hot and windy in San Diego County. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for most of San Diego County and hot temperatures along with low humidity are hitting us too. However there is no “Red Flag” … that’s a high fire danger warning… Yet.

Pertussis or whooping cough is sweeping through San Diego. San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says that this year alone there have been 298 pertussis cases reported. That’s about six times as many cases when compared to the same time period for last year. Last week alone 18 people reported having the disease.

Dr. Wilma Wooten says “Pertussis has shown no signs of slowing down … The vaccine’s effectiveness lessens over time so it’s very important that adults get their booster shots and that they make sure their children have the necessary doses of the vaccine at the recommended ages.”

Veteran San Diego Police officer Gilbert Anthony Lorenzo is being arraigned this morning at 8:00 in Department 2 of El Cajon’s courthouse. 31-year-old Lorenzo is accused of domestic violence. After his arrest by La Mesa police he was placed on unpaid leave.

In San Diego’s courthouse at 1:30 Todd Francis is being sentenced. Francis is the owner of a gun his daughter and a neighbor boy were playing with when it fired killing the boy. Francis pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

San Diego City Council has a busy day today.

First at 9:00 AM the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is meeting about a ballot proposal to increase the minimum wage in San Diego. Then at 2:00 the council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is talking about the community plan for Ocean Beach.

This morning at 9:00 the County Board of Supervisors is meeting and on the agenda is a multimillion-dollar water quality monitoring contract.

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at San Diego State University is being honored with the unveiling of a plaque at SDSU’s Open Air Theater.

And finally tonight at 7:00 San Diego city councilman Ed Harris is hosting a town hall meeting at Bay Park Elementary School.

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Agents: Miscommunication at border tunnel could’ve been deadly

Miscommunication at border tunnel could’ve been deadly

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Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 11.14.20 PM OTAY MESA — Members of the Border Patrol Union are speaking out against Homeland Security over a ‘miscommunication’ they say could’ve ended in a blood bath.

The incident took place at around 9:00PM at the site of 2 underground drug tunnels Homeland Security investigators uncovered days prior in Otay Mesa.

Border Patrol Agents standing guard detected movement inside the tunnel and called for back up.

The agents claim to have seen a group of men armed and dressed in camouflage headed toward them.

“The agents asked if they were with the Mexican military and they did not identify themselves,” said Gabe Pacheco, with the Border Patrol Union.

Pacheco says a standoff ensued and the group eventually retreated without agents ever knowing who they were.

“It could’ve been the cartel,” he added.

Homeland Security officials confirmed the group was in fact with the Mexican Military, conducting its own investigation into the…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 29, 2014

Hot temperatures are going to fry San Diego County over the next three days and powerful winds will scour the East County. Today we’re expecting to hit 88 degrees along the coast breaking the last record of 86. Winds are going to gust at over 85-miles-per-hour according to the National Weather Service. At this point there isn’t a high fire danger warning but that could change. San Diego County does have several “Cool Zones” across the county. To check out the list just Google “San Diego County Cool Zones”.

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 AM. They are going to talk about raising building permit fees to help pay for fire protection in the unincorporated parts of the county. They want to raise the fee from 47 cents per square foot to 52.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 10:00 AM and on the agenda is the Black Mountain Open Space Park plan.

Also at 10:00 this morning San Diego County Water Authority is launching their water conservation campaign at the San Vicente Dam.

This afternoon at 1:15 Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Mark Kersey, Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, Councilman Scott Sherman and a pothole Repair Crew are talking to the press about the mayors infrastructure projects funding in the new city budget. Faulconer is calling his budget the “One San Diego” budget and repairing pothole is a big part of it. They’ll be at 30th Street and Date Street filling in some potholes.

Tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about the 2015-2016 budget. There is a proposal to have that budget drafted when the 2014-2015 budget is adopted. It’s supposed to force the district to plan long term. You know not spend this year at the expense of next.

Two sentencings of note this afternoon both in El Cajon’s courthouse.

In Department 11 James Solak is being sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing copper wire from multiple schools and businesses

Then in Department 2 Blaine Anthony Arellano will hear his fate for assaulting his roommate, forcing her to stab him.

And finally at 10:00 AM 16 finalist are competing for $70,000 at the University of San Diego’s fourth annual Social Innovation Challenge. The contest between San Diego college students is to come up with a solution for one of the world’s economic, environmental or social problems.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 28, 2014

California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for a missing 3-year-old girl. Tanya Ruiz is described as 3-feet-tall, 33-pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown shit with flowers on it, blue jeans shorts and white sandals. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s wearing a red shirt and red hat. A second suspect is described as having long hair. Anyone with any info is asked to call 559-945-2348. Or if you know where Tanya is call 911

This morning at 9:00 AM the San Diego Opera Board of Directors is going work on keeping the Opera open amidst crippling financial problems. Last month the board said it would have to shutter the 50-year-old institution unless they were able to raise $1 million. Critics of the Opera say board members are paid too much and that a culture of irresponsible financial stewardship is the cause. Last week the Opera set up an escrow account for donations but they have only been able to raise a tenth of what they need. Over 400 people depend on the Opera for work and city officials say it has a $7 million dollar impact on the city’s economy.

Across the country patrons for opera companies have dried up. Companies in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Baltimore, San Antonio and Orange County have all closed.

Two important things in court today…

First at 9:00 AM a group of defendants that were arrested as part of a massive county wide sweep of suspected gang members are in San Diego Courthouse’s Department 37. Last week over 500 law enforcement officials rounded up 45-members of what U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called “a particularly volatile and violent” gang.

This afternoon at 1:30 in Chula Vista Courthouse’s Department 16 Pearl Quinones will hear her fate for pleading guilty to felony conspiracy in connection to her job as a Sweetwater Union High School District board member. The 61-year-old is one of 15-people indicted on a “pay for play” scandal between contractors and officials from three different school districts. Many of the other defendants have already pleaded guilty including construction exec Henry Amigable who admitted to trading gifts for influence.

This morning at 9:30 Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten are dedicating a new joint-use play field at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School.

At 2:00 this afternoon San Diego City Council is talking about the city’s contract with Rural/Metro Corporation. Rural/Metro Corporation is an ambulance and fire services company. In San Diego the company is contracted for ambulance serviced.

And finally today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the San Diego Jewish Academy students are remembering victims by reading the names of 10,000 of the children murdered in the Holocaust. They say that while 1.6 million children were killed there isn’t enough time in the day to read all the names. The kids will be reading from 7:55 through the end of school.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 25, 2014

Seventeen supposed violent gang members are in federal court today facing racketeering, drug and weapons charges. They were among the 45 suspects arrested yesterday in a massive county wide sweep. Yesterday U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said that they are members of the “a particularly volatile and violent” gang. Over 500 officers from various law enforcement agencies participated in the sweep. Nine suspects are still at large; including 50-year-old Randy Alton Graves of El Cajon who authorities say is the ring leader. Authorities also think that some of the defendants were involved in some recent homicides. Reportedly the victims were former gang members or associates that the gang suspected of working with police.

This morning after 7:15 sailors and Marines from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group are coming home to San Diego. They’ve been gone for 8-months for a deployment in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. The USS Boxer, USS New Orleans, USS Harpers Ferry, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and some of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will all come ashore.

San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting this morning at 9:00. They are talking about accepting $300,000 from the State Energy Commission for making an alternative fuel readiness plan. They are also looking at a report about what’s called “active modes of transportation” … that means walking or biking.

This afternoon at 3:00 in Lakeside County officials are opening up a brand new 16,000 square foot skate park at Lindo Lake County Park.

Also at 3:00 the British owned Bumble Bee Seafoods is celebrating the opening up of its new San Diego headquarters in the Showley Brothers Candy Factory at Petco Park. Mayor Faulconer and former mayor Jerry Sanders will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

And finally tonight at 7:30 over $85,000 in scholarships are being awarded to 124 San Diego Mesa College students in their 21st annual Scholarship Banquet.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 24, 2014

Today is the day to apply for your Conditional Use Permit to distribute medical marijuana. Dispensary hopefuls have been waiting in line over night for one of the coveted permits, from the Development Services Office. The city is only issuing 4 permits per council district and there are nine districts, so that’s 36 permits in the city. Permits could cost as much at $100,000 each and take from 6 to 12 months to get. If you get one it’s only good for 5 years. Some of the regulations are … dispensaries must be 1000 feet from parks, schools, churches, playgrounds and 100-feet away from residential zones. The office open at 8:00 AM

This morning at 10:30 opponents to the new Barrio Logan zoning plan are talking to the press. They say that the new plan will cost San Diego jobs and hurt the ship maintenance industry. They want you to vote no on prop B and C this coming June’s election. However protonates of the new plan say the new zoning rules give the ship maintenance industry more space but also create a buffer zone between the toxic industry and residential properties.

In court today two arraignments and a sentencing are scheduled all at 1:30. The Arraignments are both in El Cajon’s courthouse’s Department 2. Christopher Szumski and Brandon Tye are accused of stealing donation money and sacramental wine from a church in Ramona. Angelo Paschall is accused of escaping from San Diego Police custody after a robbery arrest.

The sentencing is in San Diego courthouse’s Department 31 and is for Alex Charfauros. He was convicted of second-degree murder for his involvement in the death of SDPD officer Christopher Wilson. Today is about a guilty plea for trying to dissuade a witness form testifying.

Habitat for Humanity is opening up a store this morning at 9:30. It’ll be called ReStore. They’ll sell donated building materials to raise money for habitat homes.

At 10:00 AM a new 88-seat amphitheater at Live Oak County Park in Fallbrook is opening up with a ribbon-cutting.

San Diego’s Downtown Partnership is launching a tree-lighting program. They hope the lit trees with create a better ambiance and improve the safety of downtown.

And finally tonight at 7:00 Navy Captain Mark Cedrun is telling his first hand story about seizing a cargo ship that was taken by Somali pirates. This is the story that was made into the movie “Captain Phillips”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 23, 2014

San Diego’s minimum wage is the topic on the tips of many tongues today.

First at 12:00 PM City Council President Todd Gloria is releasing the details of a ballot measure that would increase San Diego’s minimum wage. Gloria hasn’t before specified the amount he would like to be San Diego’s lowest pay. However he has said that he wants a quote “meaningful” increase. Some research says that in order to live on a very basic budget a single person in San Diegan needs to earn $13.09 an hour. While others say that raising the minimum wage would hurt small businesses and the economy of San Diego.

Supporters of raising the minimum wage are also rallying tonight at 6:30. The San Diego Organizing Project and supporters are set to gather at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish in Barrio Logan.

This afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego City Council Environment Committee is meeting about the group that was supposed to plan the Balboa Park centennial party and a proposal to decide if they should declare a drought watch in San Diego.

Before the committee meets councilmen David Alvarez and Ed Harris are talking to the press about the possible drought watch at 1:30.

The controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan is what nurses and healthcare advocate are endorsing this morning at 10:00. They want the community to vote yes on Propositions B & C in support of the new zoning rules; they say the new zoning regulation will protect children’s health. They’ll be with representatives from the Environmental Health Coalition outside the front entrance of the UCSD Medical Center.

At 10:30 in front of Rady Children’s Hospital supporters of the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2014 are talking to the press. The ballot measure locks in federal funding for Medi-Cal. Its supporters are submitting over 1.3 million signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.

In court today two things of note

First at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse the preliminary hearing for former San Diego Police Officer Christopher Hays continues. However we are hearing rumors that the case may settle today.

Then at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse Samuel Ruiz is being sentenced for sending threatening text messages to a high school student just after the double murder of two other teens.

And finally tonight at 6:30 William Shakespeare’s birthday is being celebrated at San Diego’s Central Library.

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