Daily Archives: May 29, 2014

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 29, 2014

The afternoon docket is busy today with two sentencings and two arraignments of note all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Vista’s courthouse 19-year-old Judd Liulamaga pleaded guilty to being one of five men that robbed several people outside a San Marcos house party. Liulamaga is looking at up to 13-years in prison. Of the four men reported to be his accomplices two have been convicted. 20-year-old Mautofu Maiava got 75-years in prison … he got the extra time because of prior robbery conviction. 19-year-old Johnnie Edward got 32-years for robbery, assault, gang and gun charges. The two other alleged accomplices go to trial in August.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Thomas Paciornik is being sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted kidnapping. He tried to abduct a 29-year-old woman from the 7-11 parking lot at Hilltop Drive and Orange Avenue back in mid-July. He grabbed her, punctured her car tire and tried to force her into his car. She fought him off and he drove away. Authorities arrested him the next day at the Viejas Casino on an unrelated charge and were able to link him to the assault because of surveillance video.

Also in Chula Vista’s courthouse Zachariah Joseph Dow is being arraigned on charges related to his 14-year-old son bringing a loaded hand gun to Hilltop High School. Dow turned himself in the same day his son brought the gun to school saying the gun is his. Dow is a felon and not allowed to own a gun. When detectives searched the Dow home they also found a 22-cliber pistol under a mattress.

In San Diego’s court Ryan Churchill and Duran Caldwell are being arraigned and accused of being the “Backdoor Bandits”. Authorities accuse the pair of over a dozen armed robberies in Claremont and La Jolla.

San Diego County Supervisors Dave Roberts and Bill Horn with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Palomar Health officials are all talking to the press at 11:00 AM at the County Administration Center. They are announcing plans to fund a hospital unit that helps victims of sex crimes and child abuse. Escondido’s Palomar Health Forensic Health Center is in danger of closing. The hospital unit helps to collect evidence as well as caring for the victims of sex crime and child abuse. The Golden Door Foundation is announcing it’s giving $75,000 to help the center but more is needed.

Also this morning at 11:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf are declaring today “Tony Hawk Day” at Robb Field Skate Park. The San Diego skater is being honored for his prowess on the half pipe as well as his charity work. Hawk’s foundation has raided over $5 million and helped to fund 5-hundred-44 skate parks across the country.

This afternoon at 2:00 on campus at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Golden Gym the 50th anniversary of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr will be commemorated. Dr. King gave the famous speech in 1964 inside the gym on the campus that eventually became Point Loma Nazarene University.

San Diego Unified School District is hosting its annual Salute to Excellence this afternoon at 3:30. The special ceremony recognizes students that are in the top 1% of their class.

And finally in Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center at 6:00 former San Diego City Council Tom Hom is having a book launch party for his new memoir. Hom was the first Asian member of the city council and in the book he talks about his fight for the American dream.

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Light turnout predicted for primary election

Light turnout predicted for primary election


SAN DIEGO — Turnout for next week’s primary should be around 35-38 percent in San Diego County, matching the historical average for recent elections of similar type, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said Wednesday.

voterHe said it initially appeared that turnout would be lower, based on a slow rate of return of absentee ballots.

The Memorial Day weekend could have had something to do with it, according to Vu, who told City News Service that 32,000 mail ballots arrived this morning.

“That makes me a little bit more hopeful,” Vu said.

He said that 162,000 of the 840,000 ballots mailed to registered voters in San Diego County had been sent back as of today.

Meanwhile, around 200,000 San Diegans are expected to hit the polls Tuesday, Vu said.

The election includes primary races for governor and other statewide offices, Congress and the state Legislature, District Attorney and City Council offices…

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$3M needed to restore Balboa Park Botanical Building

$3M needed to restore Balboa Park Botanical Building


Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 1 58 14 PMSAN DIEGO — Organizers of the Balboa Park Centennial say they need to raise $3 million Plans to refurbish the Botanical Building in time for the celebration.

Officials hope to  raise money  from private donors to complete the project ahead of the 2015 Centennial Celebration of the park.  It’s a tough sell after the recent disbanding of the group that was planning the celebration.

“It is not easy to raise funds in Balboa Park right now,” said Carol Chang, Board President of the Balboa Park Conservancy, the non-profit charged with raising money for park projects.

With the recent disbanding of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., the group that was planning the celebration, public trust has been shaken.  More than $2.6 million, half of it public money, was spent with little to show for it.  Heavily criticized for secrecy and needing at least $30 million more for the grandiose celebration, the group…

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DeMaio’s campaign headquarters vandalized

DeMaio’s campaign headquarters vandalized


[trib_ndn vid=26188477]SAN DIEGO — Authorities sought Wednesday to determine who broke into and trashed congressional candidate and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio’s Miramar campaign headquarters.

DeMaio’s-Office-Vandalized Computer monitors were found damaged at Carl DeMaio’s campaign office.

The break-in in the 9600 block of Black Mountain Road was reported about 9:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Patrol personnel arrived to find computer cables cut and monitor screens smashed, SDPD public-affairs Officer Matt Tortorella said. It was not immediately clear if anything had been stolen.

A representative of the office told police the crime had occurred sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Detectives remained at the scene late this morning, Tortorella said.

DeMaio, a Republican, is running to unseat Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, in California’s 52nd Congressional District.

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