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San Diego Unified, Union Declare Contract Negotiation Impasse

After 10 months of labor negotiations, San Diego Unified School District and its teachers union declared an impasse.

In a statement, Superintendent Cindy Martin said they have “reached tentative agreements on nearly all issues including adding more counselors, nurses and special education support; increasing time for teacher preparation; maintaining benefits; and supporting consistent Visiting Teacher coverage. There are still a few areas where we have been unable to reach agreement.”

Lower class size and pay are the two sticking points — two of the most expensive issues.

The district can’t afford to pay teachers what they are asking for, Martin said.

“It does come down to money when you’re at the very end of the negotiations,” Martin said. ”We have mutually declared an impasse, which is simply another step in the bargaining process.“

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Temporary Fire Station Coming To San Diego’s Skyline Area

A temporary fire station will soon open in the Skyline area of San Diego, which suffers from slow response times.

The $400,000 station, which is slated to open in April, will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood. Construction for the temporary station began on Monday.

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San Ysidro School District Teachers Strike

“Teachers in the San Ysidro School District went on strike Wednesday after last-minute negotiations with the school district failed to produce a new contract.

“Teachers are being forced to pay for the mistakes that our school board has been making all this time,” said Ray Lozada who was one of 44 teachers striking at Willow Elementary, the largest school in the San Ysidro district. Lozada is a seventh grade history teacher.”

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San Ysidro Teachers Strike Possible; Contract Talks Resume Tuesday

“Students in the San Ysidro School District went back to school Tuesday after a mid-session break, but their teachers are on the verge of a strike.

The school district and the teachers union are at odds over pay, the length of the school year and class sizes. They resumed contract negotiations at 9 a.m. Tuesday, but both sides are preparing for a strike.”

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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.

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

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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Wants To Make Chula Vista University A Reality

Above: A graduate dressed in a robe and cap peers over a crowd of his colleagues at a commencement ceremony.

“California State Assemblywoman Shirley Weber wants a university in Chula Vista. Weber sits on the Assembly’s committee on higher education and she said in an interview that the need is there.

“In San Diego County we have three state institutions. That’s not enough for the third largest county, second largest city in the state,” Weber said.”

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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 June 11, 2014

Escondido SWAT officers thought they had a teen suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon hold up in an apartment, only to learn the young-man escaped. Officers saw the teen run into an apartment on the 900 block of East Mission Avenue in Escondido at around 6:30 last night. Authorities became convinced their suspect was hold up and called a SWAT team and evacuated 11 surrounding apartments at around 7:45. Just after midnight officers went into the apartment and leaned it was empty. Escondido PD thinks the teen suspect escaped before the stand-off started.

At 9:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse opening statements start in the trial of a man accused of raping two women, one of which he allegedly met through the Christian dating web site ChristianMingle.com. 38-year-old Sean Patrick Banks is accused of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, sex with a foreign object and burglary. He’s looking at up to 44-years in prison.

San Diego City Council is in committee meetings all day today. First at 9:00 the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is talking about a possibly raising the minimum wage to over $13 an hour. Currently its $8 per hour and its set to go up to $9 next month then $10 in 2016. However many, including City Council President Todd Gloria, don’t think that’s enough. Gloria wants to raise it to $13.09 and require employers to give workers five sick days every year.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is talking about a report that shows a connection between crime and liquor licenses.

Civic San Diego Board of Directors is meeting at 9:00 AM and the big thing on the agenda is an approval of $4 million more dollars to finish construction on a new park at Horton Plaza. The Northern end of Horton Plaza was demolished and there was supposed to be a park built on the now vacant lot, however it has yet to be built and its gone way over budget. The vacant lot is at Broadway and 4th in downtown San Diego and it’s even visible on Google Maps.

Nice Guys of San Diego is honoring their “Nice Guy of the Year” at 10:00 this morning at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. T. Denny Sanford will be recognized for all of his philanthropic work.

This afternoon at 1:00 San Diego Humane Society and the Society for the Protection and Care of Animals is bringing pets down from Los Angeles overcrowded shelter and hoping to adopt them out. About 20 dogs are going to take the ride south to us for the hope of a new home.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the diversity and experience of our veterans is the topic of a panel discussion at the San Diego Central Library.

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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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