Category Archives: CULTURE

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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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 5, 2014

Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is home and will be surprising some high school students at 11:45 AM. Meb is going to help give a $20,000 scholarship from Foot Locker to Claremont High senior Lillie Meakim. Meakim is one of 20 student athletes from across the county to win the scholarship.

San Diego City Council is starting a week of budget reviews. Over the next five days they are looking at each and every department budget in the proposed budget for this coming fiscal year. This morning at 9:00 they are looking at the overall spending plan followed by a look into the police and fire departments budgets. This afternoon at 2:00 they are reviewing the pensions, City Attorney budget and how much is spent of special events. The proposal gives SDPD over $417 million and SDFD nearly $218. However critics say the budget proposal doesn’t include enough to deal with the $1 billion, that’s Billion with a B, needed for infrastructure maintenance.

Tonight at 6:15 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park San Diego State University music and dance students are giving a free Cinco de Mayo concert. Featuring SDSU’s Jazz Ensemble, Concert Chorus and the University’s new Mariachi Ensemble. The Mariachi Ensemble was started in 2012

And finally at 6:30 tonight at the San Diego Central Library the Muslim American experience is being presented by a panel of Muslim men.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 1, 2014

Today is day two of strong Santa Ana winds and intense heat scouting San Diego County. Yesterday winds topped 100 miles per hour at one point. The National Weather Service says the winds are strongest in the morning and afternoons. A Red Flag Warning hasn’t been issued for San Diego yet. However Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside to the north of San Diego do have one.

Today Cal Fire and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are training together at Camp Pendleton. It’s starting in the afternoon … Of course if a brush fire breaks out the training could be postponed.

This morning at 9:00 a report on how the arts in San Diego impacts the economy is being released at the Media Arts Center

The Bicycle Coalition and the San Diego Association of Governments are hosting a bike ride 9:00 AM followed by a news conference at 10 am. It’s all to kick off for National Bicycle Month.

This morning at 10:00 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA is giving tours of their ship that survey’s fisheries. The ship is set to be commissioned tomorrow and will be based in San Diego.

Also at 10:00 AM County Supervisor Ron Roberts is bragging to the press about his annual lawnmower exchange. This Saturday Roberts is helping to give people a $100 voucher for an eclectic lawn mower in exchange for their gas-powered one.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the Mexi’cayotl Indio Cultural Center is hosting a free showcase of Aztec dancing at Chula Vista High School.

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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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