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Educators at STEM Symposium Work to Bridge Achievement Gaps

“More than 3,000 educators have come to San Diego for the second annual STEM Symposium. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation is hosting the event for its second year.

This year’s theme is closing the gender achievement gap in STEM studies and professions. According to Education Week, boys and men still far outnumber girls and women in STEM studies and professions.”

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Roundtable Analyzes #Debates, #Fracking, Testing Violations In #ChulaVista Schools

KPBS Roundtable talks about the top stories from the week.

1: California Gov. Jerry Brown, and challenger Neel Kashkari, debate.

2: Fracking possible in California

3: Chula Vista Elementary Ignores State Rules On Tests

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Labor Day Jobs Report Has Good and Bad News for California and San Diego

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The annual Labor Day report on jobs and the economy from the nonpartisan California Budget Project has some good and bad news on the state of jobs in California.

Some good economic news is that California has some of its lost jobs back.

Luke Reidenbach author of the report said, “The state has regained a number of jobs that were lost in the recession.” He said, “Between July 2007 and February 2010 the state lost a little over 1.3 million jobs and since then the state has regained a similar number of jobs.”

But those jobs don’t pay as much. According to the report middle and low-income workers earn less today than in 1979, when adjusted for inflation. And the number of low wageworkers has grown. Meanwhile top earners take in 17 percent more.

For more go HERE

Read the report for yourself. California Budget Project Report on the Economy and Jobs.

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Good morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 6, 2014

Last night at around 10:00 two men were shot and police say it appears to be random. The two men were walking down Villa Terrace near University with two other men when a red Toyota pull up near them and someone in the car fired at least six times. One man was shot in the hand the other in the ankle. Police say that at this time it seems like a random shooting, however the investigating is ongoing and that could change.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Josh Thomas Churchill, owner of a Poway karate studio, will be arraigned and accused of have sex with girl over the course of three years. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Churchill and are accusing him of more than 500 charges. He is being help on $25 million dollars bail.

Tonight at 4:00 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center the California Public Utilities Commission is talking about the $3 point 3 billion dollars it’s going to cost to shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The deal makes customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric responsible for the bill. Originally the state commission wanted $4 point 7 billion from customers but that went down a billion because of a faulty steam generator.

Early this morning at 7:30 the San Diego and Tijuana Urban Land Institute is hosting a panel about how to be ready for the next economic downturn. They’ll be at the University Club in downtown San Diego.

This morning at 10:00 San Diego City Council is meeting and expected to approve a $3 point 9 million dollar contract with TASER International. They are the contractor San Diego Police picked to supply there new wearable cameras. 300 cameras are being given to SDPD officers to wear for evidence gathering purposes. Officials also think they’ll help with officer accountability. The cameras are going to be given to officers working in San Diego’s more urban areas, like downtown and City Heights.

At noon outside of San Diego’s City Hall in Civic Center Plaza there will be a rally to raise San Diego’s minimum wage.

The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is meeting at 1:00 this afternoon about the coming fiscal year’s budget.

Chula Vista City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon and they are talking about the regulations for what they call “sexually oriented businesses”.

Drones are on topic for the California Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit this afternoon at 2:30 in Point Loma’s Liberty Station.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a three year budget proposal that will reportedly “align” the districts expenses and revenues and they are expected to approve next year’s budget.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 5, 2014.

A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier and a Navy FA-18A crash in separate incidents yesterday.

The Harrier fell out of the sky in the city Imperial destroying three homes, at this time there are no reports of any deaths. The pilot was able to eject and medics have taken him to the hospital.

The Navy plane, an FA-18A, crashed off shore into the ocean. It was trying to land on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. That pilot was also able to eject and in in stable condition. You probably remember the Vinson because it was the ship that buried Osama bin Laden at sea in 2011.

All across San Diego today people in favor of and people opposed to raising the minimum wage will be talking to the press. Proponents say that $8 dollars an hour is not enough to live on in San Diego and that the minimum should be much higher. Opponents say that it’ll hurt small businesses and drive work out of town.

At 9:00 AM some business owners are going to explain to the press why they support raising the minimum wage. They’ll be in front of Intelicare Direct on Chesapeake Drive.

Then at 10:00 AM San Diego County taxpayers Association and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce are releasing a study that they say proves raising the lowest pay will hurt all kinds of businesses. That’ll be near 6th and G in downtown San Diego.

And at 5:30 tonight near the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Front Street supporters of raising the minimum wage will rally. Council President Todd Gloria will speak about a ballot measure he may propose to raise the minimum wage.

At 9:00 AM Heartland Fire and Rescue is giving “hands only CPR” training at El Cajon City Hall, Lemon Grove’s City Hall, Parkway Plaza and Grossmont Center.

About a thousand volunteers are going to clean up the beach celebrating the I Love A Clean San Diego 60th anniversary starting at 9:30 this morning. It’s part of their Kids’ Ocean Day at Crown Point Shores in Mission Bay event.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 Dajamah Blevins is being arraigned and accused of sexually assaulting a teenager on a public bus in National City.

And finally tonight at 5:30 at Balboa Stadium the “Jim Ryun Festival of Miles” will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ryun being the first high schooler to break the 4-minute mile record.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 4, 2014

San Diego AM Briefing BowersDesk.com 6-4-14 from l. matthew bowler on Vimeo.

The Election is over and some of the notable winners are …

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis avoids a runoff election by defeating her opponents and getting 55 percent of the vote.

Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters will slug it out in a runoff election this fall.

The Barrio Logan community plan loses dramatically in a 60 / 40 spit.

And Democrat Sarah Boot loses to Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council.

Now many of those that won are going to try to say or imply that they have the mandate of the people … they do not. Apathy and record low voter turnout plagued this election. For example people that voted no on the changes to Prop B, the Barrio Logan zoning plan, took the election with nearly 60 percent of the vote. But that means they won by 21,898 votes … in a city of 1 point 3 million people that’s not a lot of votes. That means 1 point 6 percent of San Diegans decided that race.

According to the Registrar of Voters there are still about 98,000 provisional ballots to be counted. For all the election results Google San Diego Registrar of Voters they’ve got all the info.

This afternoon at 1:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez are talking to the press about improved emergency response times near the Mexican border after a new ambulance was added to the area. They’ll be at the trolley stop next to the border crossing.

In court this afternoon two sentencings of note, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Sweetwater school board President Jim Cartmill is officially being sentenced after his guilty plea for taking gifts that exceed the state’s value limit.

Then in San Diego’s courthouse Anthony Elias Estrada will hear his fate for murdering his girlfriend and then setting their home on fire.

And finally tonight at 6:00 24-people that donated kidneys, saving lives, are being honored by Sharp Memorial Hospital at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. It’s on the heels of the hospitals 14th living kidney transplant. A 31-year-old woman gave a kidney to her mom.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 8, 2014

President Obama is visiting San Diego today. Air Force One is scheduled to arrive at 11:50 AM at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Then he’s going over to Qualcomm co-founders house Irwin Jacobs for a fundraiser. Joining Obama at the $10,000 a plate lunch is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Obama is scheduled to leave at 2:30 this afternoon.

Two groups of protesters will try and get their message heard near the fundraiser. One group wants to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement because they say it’ll kill jobs in California. And another group wants to stop the Keystone Pipeline because they say it’ll “greatly increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen the impacts of climate change”. Both the groups will be at the corner of Torrey Pines Road and Dunaway Drive starting at around 10:00 am.

The future of proposition 13 is what the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is talking about at their breakfast forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 is a property tax initiative passed in the late 70’s that basses your property tax on the value of the property at the time you bought it. For example if you bought your home in the 1883 for $100,000 and your house is now valued at $700,000 you pay your taxes on the $100,000 price. Also this means that if you owned an apartment complex the same rule applies. So if you own a building with 10 apartments and you got it in the 80’s for $500,000 and its now valued at $9 million you pay at the lower rate. Prop 13 is blamed for California schools funding problems, since education funding comes out of the property taxes.

At 10:00 AM the Port of San Diego is breaking ground at a $130,000,000 Lane Field hotel. It’ll be a Marriot hotel with 253 along with a Residence Inn with 147-rooms along with 27,000 square-feet or retail space along with parking for 400.

At 11:00 AM the San Diego City Council is continuing its examination of the coming years budget. Today they’re looking at the Housing Commission, Convention Center, Civic San Diego, and the city auditor.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Duane Herrmann is being arraigned and accused of burglarizing 11-homes. Reportedly during one of the burglaries a 12-year-old was in the home.

And finally tonight at 7:00 Mark Christopher Lawrence is headlining the Salvation Army’s “Heroes of Comedy Night”. It’s a scholarship fundraiser. You know Lawrence from the NBC show Chuck.

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