Category Archives: CULTURE

San Diego’s First Medical Marijuana Permit Faces Last Bureaucratic Hurdle

San Diego could have its first legal medical marijuana dispensary this week, but the pot pioneer and his opposition have fought at every step in the process.

The medical marijuana collective A Green Alternative is set to become San Diego’s first officially permitted medical pot shop, almost 20 years after voters passed Proposition 215, allowing for medical cannabis.

David Blair holds a doctorate in business, teaches business ethics at San Diego State University and is the chief executive officer of A Green Alternative.

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Despite Reputation, Video Games Have Educational Value

“Video games have a reputation for rotting young minds with their emphasis on weapons, violence, conflict and death. But some teachers and game designers say certain video games can have real educational value.

“Well-done games are literature,” said Orange County-based video-game designer Liz Fiacco. “They’re amazing, and it’s just a different kind of a way to experience something.”

This new kind of literature can simulate whole new environments that students should be learning from, according to Bernie Dodge, professor of learning design and technology at San Diego State University.”

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New Timken Director Will Run Museum From New York

From KPBS.org By Angela Carone

“Just before the Timken Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and after six years of increased attendance, the museum’s board of trustees replaced Executive Director John Wilson with an art conservator who will be based in New York City. David Bull is the new visiting director of the Timken Museum of Art. He will remain based in New York City.

Wilson officially, and abruptly, resigned two weeks ago.”

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For First Time In San Diego, Israeli And Palestinian Teens Work For Peace

As conflict rages in the Middle East, 45 Israeli and Palestinian teenagers visiting the United States came together along the Mexican border Wednesday to work for peace.

Hands of Peace has been bringing young Middle Easterners to the United States for more than 11 years. This was the group’s first time in San Diego.

At Border Field State Park, in the shadow of the international border fence, the teens listened to Roman Catholic priest Dermot Rodgers talk about his life growing up in Belfast, Ireland, a city divided by fences.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 17, 2014

At 54-years-old San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died yesterday. Known as Mr. Padre, Gwynn played 20-seasons with the Padres before retiring. After leaving Major League Baseball Gwynn went on to become the head baseball coach at his Alma Mater, San Diego State University. Gwynn died from cancer that he blamed on a long time chewing tobacco addiction. A public memorial is being planned.

The USS Peleliu and its one thousand fifty sailors are leaving San Diego this morning. They are going to take part in what the Navy calls the “world’s largest naval exercise” RIMPAC. The Rim of the Pacific drill will have 23 countries, 47 ships, 6 submarines, over 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 service members participating in massive exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This morning at 9:00 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is reviewing reports about last month’s wildfires and talking about what can be improved. Last month there were as many as 12 wildfires burning at one time.

At 10:00 AM San Diego City Council is talking about a proposed $1.25 per night fee for parking over-sized vehicles on city streets. They’re also expected to approve $250,000 in attorney’s fees for a lawsuit about city permitting policies.

At 11:00 AM the Metropolitan Transit System will be calling on all of San Diego to take public transportation this Thursday for “Dump the Pump Day”.

At 2:00 this afternoon Chula Vista City Council is meeting and on the agenda is next year’s budget.

And finally at 11:00 AM the East San Diego County city of El Cajon is honoring El Cajon native and race car driver Jimmie Johnson for his community work. His foundation has given over 6.5 million dollars to help schools.

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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for Memorial Day May 26, 2014

San Diego is remembering its veterans at several events today.

First at 7:00 AM the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation 5-K run starts over at Naval Training Center Park.

In Lakeside at 9:00 AM the 68th annual Memorial Day Reading of the Names at the Carter-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

At 10:00 AM there is the dramatic looking Memorial Day service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

In Oceanside also at 10:00 the Veterans Association of North County is hosting its service at their headquarters at 1617 Mission Avenue.

On board the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum at 10:00 AM radio stations 100 point 7 Jack FM and KFMB are hosting an all-day blood drive.

At 10:30 the Kensington Social and Athletic Club is hosting the annual Kensington Holiday at Home Parade in the historic San Diego neighborhood.

And in Encinitas at 11:00 AM the American Legion Post 416 is hosting its Memorial Day remembrance.

Those are just a few of the events from all over San Diego County. The beaches are sure to be filled and almost all government offices are closed.

And finally this afternoon at 4:00 the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is looking for your opinion on some new exhibitions ideas. They are hosting some focus groups. Today’s group is for adults without children.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 23, 2014

More controversy for San Diego’s Police Department. This time it’s about what happened to a million dollars seized from criminals like drug runners. Jeff McDonald from UT San Diego broke the story. According to McDonald in 2010 SDPD submitted a report showing their closing balance at $1,153,426. Then the next year the beginning balance was $153,426. So what happened to the million dollars? SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer says “We acknowledge you have noted a discrepancy, we have asked the City Comptroller to do a complete review and audit of the seized asset fund to see if there is an error.”

In the past couple of years SDPD has been marred by sexual misconduct from a few of its officers. Chief Shelly Zimmerman was brought in to ferret out problems in the department, like officers sexually assaulting suspects, however a missing million dollars in a whole different level of problem.

This morning at 9:00 in San Diego’s courthouse 40-year-old Douglas Michael Ellens will hear his fate for robbing three banks all within one week last summer. Ellens pleaded guilty. His lawyer says Ellens has a drug and alcohol problem and should be placed on probation and sent to rehab.

Also at 9:00 AM the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting about their budget plan for the coming year.

Today two of San Diego County’s theme parks have big new openings

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is opening its new 19 point 5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail. The tiger exhibit is over 5 acres with all kinds of stuff for the tigers to play with.

Then AT 10:00 Legoland is opening up its new “Legends of Chima” water park. The park has a 250,000-gallon wave pool, an arch that looks like a lion made out of more than a quarter million Lego bricks and more.

And finally at 4:00 this afternoon the San Diego Jazz Festival kicks off its three day run at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Del Mar.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 22, 2014

San Diego Police are on the lookout this morning for a home invasion suspect. Last night at around 8:40 the suspect walked into an apartment at 1330 Market St in downtown San Diego, pulled a gun, and demanded cash. The resident gave him some money and the suspect left. Police describe the suspect as a black man, 6 feet 1 inch talk, 180 pounds, mid 20’s, wearing a camouflage jacket.

Today at noon the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is unveiling an anti-SeaWold poster at San Diego’s International Airport Terminal 2. PETA had to sue the airport to be able to put the post up. Originally the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority refused to place the poster. It depicts actress Kathy Najimy along with text saying “Welcome to San Diego! If you love animals like I do please avoid SeaWorld.”

SeaWorld responds by saying “PETA is an extremist organization and this ad demonstrates that, once again, they are more interested in publicity stunts than helping animals”

San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon about charging a parking permit fee for oversized vehicles like RV’s. The new law charges a fee for parking and limits the places and times the large vehicles or trailers can park. Extra-large vehicles must park at least 50 feet away from intersection, cannot be parked between 2:00-6:00 AM and requires residents to apply for permits to park for 24-hours.

In court this afternoon at 1:30 three arraignments of note.

In San Diego’s courthouse 17-year-old Kurese Ball is being charged as an adult for allegedly using a gun to stick up a marijuana dispensary at which one of his accomplices was shot and killed.

In Vista’s courthouse Joseph Lawrence Smith is being arraigned and accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriends 3-year-old daughter.

Also in Vista Phillip Lonewolf Campbell is being accused of shooting is father on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.

This morning is the sixth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at 7:30.

At 10:00 AM the Armed Services YMCA and San Diego Food Bank is announcing the Bring Your Own Bag-SD campaign. It’s a city sponsored campaign that’s supposed to encourage people to use reusable lunch bags.

This afternoon at 3:30 commissioners from Pac-12 and Big Ten college football conferences are talking to the press about new Holyday Bowl matchups.

And finally at 6:30 tonight a public form on how to spend part of San Diego’s budget is being hosted by the Community Budget Alliance at the United Domestic Workers offices on Seminole Drive.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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