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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 18, 2014

Today is Good Friday and Christians all over San Diego are celebrating. At 8:30 AM 4000 people will participate in the annual Good Friday “Walk with the Suffering”. The marchers are meeting at the San Diego Rescue Mission on Elm Street. They’ll be making stops at Churches, City Hall, the federal building and Horton Plaza. Some of those walking will be reenacting Biblical scenes and reading verses

At 8:30 as well PETCO Park in downtown the Rock Church is sponsoring its annual charity event. The Rock Church is giving away food, care packages, haircuts and health screenings.

At 10:00 AM today Sheriff Bill Gore and some of his deputies along with the Easter Bunny are passing out toys to the kids at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Then tomorrow there are several Easter egg hunts all over town.

First at 7:30 AM the community centers is Fallbrook and Spring Valley are hosting pancake breakfasts and Easter egg hunts.

Other egg hunts will be

9:00 AM at Belmont Park and Santee Lakes

10:00 AM Dos Picos County Park in Ramona

Also at 10:00 at Buddy Todd Park on Mesa Drive

And in Oceanside the Salvation Army Kroc Center

Back in San Diego at 11:00 AM at San Diego City College the New City Church is hosting their egg hunt.

And finally tomorrow is also the 44th Chicano Park Day Celebration. Chicano Park was created by a “take over” by committee member’s way back in 1970. It has become a land mark San Diego park representing our Chicano heritage. Check out Chicano-Park.org for more info.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 17, 2014

A guided missile cruiser and guided missile destroyer are coming home to Naval Base San Diego this morning after 9:00 AM. The USS Cowpens, the cruiser, and its 400 crew left in September to help with relief efforts in the Philippines following the Typhoon. The destroyer USS Spruance and its 260 member crew left San Diego in October for their maiden deployment. They spent time patrolling the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse 26-year-old Richard Christopher Butts will hear his fate for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Ocean Beach. The two separate attacks happened with in a seven-month time span.

Butts assaulted a woman in her mid-twenties as she walked home from a friend’s house. Then he kidnapped and raped another woman. In testimony one of his victims says that Butts punched her twice from behind, drug her away and tried to rape her. Witnesses say they heard her screaming quote “Please stop! Don’t do this!” Reportedly Butts will get 30-year to life in prison as part of a plea deal.

This afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego Opera’s Board of Directors is meeting at the Hyatt La Jolla Aventine to try and keep the opera afloat. Then at 4:00 supporters of the opera are hosting a public meeting in the Copper Room of City Hall. Last month the Board of Directors voted to close the Opera saying they just don’t have the money. But then the critics came out saying the Board is paid exuberantly and is plagued with other financial problems that if fixed could keep the opera afloat. Also some performers filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the opera to the arbitration table over their unpaid contracts.

This morning at 8:30 the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless is releasing its annual Point-In-Time homeless count at a press conference at the United Way’s Murphy Canyon building. Last year they counted 8,879 homeless people (that’s down 7.9% from the year before) 75% were men, 69% had been on the streets for over a year and 15% were veterans. It’ll be interesting to see what changes for this year.

At 10 AM the media is getting to ride in a Vietnam War-era swift boat thanks to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Veterans that worked on the boats will also be on hand to share their stories.

Allowing drivers to access info that their cars computers collect is what several mechanics and consumer advocates want. They’re talking to the press about that at 10:30 this morning at John’s Automotive Care on Riverdale Street.

At 11:30 AM courageous officers and citizens are being honored by California State Attorney General Kamala Harris.

At noon Washington Middle School is unveiling its new aquatic fitness gear they bought with a $22,000 dollar grant from the Chargers.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 at the San Diego Firehouse Museum former Fire Capitan Frank Baron is celebrating his 100th birthday. Frank first joined the San Diego fire department in 1941 and served for 25-years.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 11, 2014

Hillary Clinton is appearing via satellite at the California Medical Association’s 17th annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy. Originally Clinton was supposed to show up but her representatives say that due to a scheduling conflict she’s unable to. However protesters angry over how the then Secretary of State handled the Benghazi attacks and subsequent congressional hearings, say she’s not showing because of them. Along with the Benghazi protesters people in favor of a single payer health care system are going to be marching at the conference. The conference starts at 8:00 AM. Hillary Clinton’s satellite appearance is at 10:30 AM. Universal health care advocates and the Benghazi protesters are rallying at 9:30 AM, however not together.

This could be the last weekend for Opera in San Diego. The San Diego Opera says that could close after Sunday’s performance of “Don Quixote” unless some money comes through. The Opera’s Director of Education, Nicolas Reveles, says that they have about 50 full time staffers, and contribute about $7 million to San Diego’s economy. He also says that they need about $10 million for one more season.

In court today one sentencing and two arraignments.

First at 8:45 this morning in San Diego’s courthouse Zewoinesh Badasso is hearing her fate for strangling her 7-month-old baby son.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Leila Farmer is being arraigned and accused of beating up a shop owner during a robbery

Also at 1:30 in El Cajon Kevin Oshea Knight will be arraigned and accused of two home-invasion robberies, two commercial robberies and 4 vehicle thefts during a violent crime spree.

Representatives from 17 of San Diego regional tribal governments are coming together at the Barona Indian Reservation to meet with the San Diego Association of Governments. They’re talking about policy issues.

Two professors from San Diego State University are releasing a report that contradicts the federal finding that Southeast San Diego is a “food desert”. Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco have put together a study of their own about the food options for the community in Southeastern San Diego. The official release of the study is at 5:00 tonight at the Educational Cultural Complex on Ocean View Blvd.

And finally tonight at 7:00 “Seussical the Musical” opens at Cal State San Marcos.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 31, 2014

Today is Cesar Chavez day.

In San Diego that means many people have the day off; schools are closed, along with all government offices. This morning at 7:15 the San Diego Cesar Chavez Commemorative Committee hosts its annual memorial breakfast. This year the featured speaker, Oakland’s Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta the son of farm workers remembers the work Chavez did for Filipino farm workers. Many forget that while the vast majority of farm workers are from Latin America and Mexico in particular many are not. The breakfast is at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside on Harbor Drive sold out weeks ago.

This morning at 9:45 on board the USS Midway Museum Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is joining veterans, librarians and educators to launch the Veterans History Project for the 52nd District. The Veterans History Project is a program where veterans can share their stories in the first person. This way we all can learn about the events that shaped our country from the people that lived it.

San Diego Chargers and Union Bank are giving $5000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego, San Diego Armed Service YMCA and San Diego Center for Children. The money was raised at several games by asking fans to donate loose change.

Tonight at 6:00 the San Diego Padres are opening up PETCO Park to some special fans for Padres Preview Night. If you were lucky enough to get an invitation you’ll get to taste the new food stands, check out the new Padres social club and even take batting practice on the field.

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Good morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 21, 2014

San Diego State Aztecs beat New Mexico State Aggies in a nail biting NCAA game last night in Spokane Washington. It was their first game of the tournament and at the first half the Aztecs had a 12-point lead but it all feel apart by the end of the game. The Aggies came back but lost in overtime to SDSU 73-69. Next game for the Aztecs is North Dakota State tomorrow afternoon at 3:10 on TNT.

Here in San Diego at the Viejas Arena more NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament games start. First up at 11:10 AM Arizona goes against Weber State Gonzaga vs Oklahoma State after that. And at around 4:30 Virginia Commonwealth takes on Stephen F. Austin With UCLA vs Tulsa finishing off the night.

SeaWorld is celebrating its 50th anniversary today. They are unveiling a new entrance called Explorer’s Reef at 7:00 this morning.

At noon protesters calling themselves “Concerned San Diegans” will have an unveiling of their own. They are displaying a message outside SeaWorld on the corner of Sea World Drive at Sea World Way they say it showcases a new vision for Sea World in the 21st Century.

Jane Cartmill, President of San Diego Animal Advocates says … “We envision SeaWorld as it should always have been – providing real education in an eco-conscious environment.”

In court one sentencing and one arraignment of note, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Linda Vista’s juvenile court Kenneth Hamilton, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, is being sentenced for shooting and killing two teenagers in Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And Jayne Colantonio is being arraigned in San Diego’s courthouse and accused of stabbing and killing her boyfriend, whose body was found in the San Diego River.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is opening the exhibit “Tattoos and Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor” this morning at 9:00.

Tonight at 7:00 the last concert for the guitar exhibit at Ruben H. Fleet Science Center is being headlined by Steve Poltz, a founding member of The Rugburns.

And finally at 8:00 tonight the San Diego Symphony is playing a concert of European music from both the Classical and Romantic eras at the Jacobs Music Center on B Street in downtown.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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