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Southwestern College Touts New Football Field, Classroom Building

“Schools love to show off their new buildings, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista has one that will open later this month that it’s particularly proud of.

The $25 million Fieldhouse Classroom and DeVore Stadium will be dedicated on Aug. 15 at a free public event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. And then it will be ready for students and faculty when fall classes start Aug. 18.

Funding for the project came from the $389 million Proposition R, a bond measure voters approved in 2008.”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 6, 2014

Two more San Diego Police officers are under arrest. This time they are accused of drug crimes. San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrested husband and wife officers late yesterday morning. 32-year-old Bryce Charpentier and his wife 41-year-old Jennifer were arrested for and are being accused of conspiring to sell and transport a controlled substance. Sheriff’s department says that San Diego Police Department is fully cooperating with the investigation. This is the latest in a long run of officers being accused of criminal behavior.

At 9:00 AM several business owners are talking to the press about why they think the minimum wage should be higher. San Diego City Council takes up the issue in committee next week.

This morning at 10:00 AM San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is briefing the press about its development plans through 2035.

California state senator Toni Atkins is hosting her local swearing-in ceremony for her new job as speaker of the Legislature this morning at 10:00. The San Diego Democrat is already officially the speaker but this celebration is for the San Diego Community. It’s at the Balboa Park Club.

In Encinitas’s Scripps Memorial Hospital at 10:00 AM law enforcement from across the county will train at an “Active Shooter” drill. One of the things they’re doing is practicing some of their life saving techniques of fake gunshot victims.

At UC San Diego at noon today is the annual watermelon drop. Every year a watermelon is dropped from seven stories up for the end of school tradition.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicating three homes their volunteers built in just five-days, at 3:00 this afternoon in Escondido. One of the houses has gone to a wounded veteran.

Tonight at 5:00 one of San Diego’s magnet schools, Green Elementary, is breaking ground on its new track.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the group Save Our Heritage Organization is giving out its annual People in Preservation Awards. The awards recognize people that help maintain San Diego County historic buildings.

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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 2, 2014

An early morning shooting at a popular Pacific Beach bar sent a woman to the hospital. San Diego Police say that just after 2:00 AM a group of men were heard loudly arguing when several shots rang out. A stray bullet struck the woman who was taken to the hospital by paramedics with non-life-threating injuries. Police say that the suspects may have fled in a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Challenger.

Someone is hiding cash around San Diego then posting clues to its whereabouts on twitter. The would-be philanthropist uses the twitter handle @SDCashStash. Yesterday he tweeted a picture clue of a “cash stash” that was found by man saying he’s going to use the money to buy dinner for some homeless people. This all started in San Francisco when another person was doing the same thing using the twitter handle @HiddenCash. It’s become an internet phenomenon. Reportedly @SDCashStash is going to tweet out another clue today.

Proposition’s B and C on tomorrow’s ballot make changes to the controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan and some supporters are demonstrating outside a Barrio Logan Elementary School at 8:15 this morning. Supporters say the new plan gives business more land, creates a buffer zone between industry and homes, along with keeping pollution away from Barrio Logan’s residents. Opponents say any changes to the current plan could hurt businesses.

And finally tonight at 7:30 the 13th annual Klezmer Summit concert is helping to round out the 21st annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival with “My Yidishe Mambo” at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2014

A sketch of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault an Escondido gym employee is making the rounds. Escondido police say the man hid inside the gym past closing then jumped out and attacked the female gym employee closing up for the night. The woman was able to fight off her attacker. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 35 – 45 years old, five foot five inches tall, shaved head, tattoo across his left ring finger and a teardrop tattoo on his left eye. He was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, black high top tennis shoes and white knee high socks. Anyone with any info is asked to contact Escondido police by calling 760-743-8477 or online at Police.Escondido.org.

San Diego County Jails will no longer hold suspected undocumented immigrants past there release dates unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warrant for the suspects arrest. Before it was practice to hold county jail inmates after their release date if they were suspected of being undocumented, giving I.C.E. time to detain them. Now San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore says unless his department is presented with an arrest warrant he is going to release them. Gore did not give an explanation for the new policy however the American Civil Liberties Union says they think it has to do with a recent federal court decision. The courts said holding someone in local jails without a warrant in a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The whale carcass that washed ashore near the Mexican border is being cut apart and disposed of this weekend. The 50-foot long dead fin whale has been lying on the beach near Border Field State Park for about a week now. Researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service are taking samples for the lab then the rest will be hauled to a landfill.

Today is Bike to Work Day. Originally it was supposed to two weeks ago but was postponed because of more than a dozen wild fires that broke out. San Diego Association of Governments organizes the event. SANDAG expects 8,000 riders and they have over 100 pit stops.

All the fun around San Diego’s world famous Rock N Roll Marathon kicks off this morning at 10:45 at the San Diego Convention Center. Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is leading the official start for the events.

Today the health and fitness expo opens. The marathon is this Sunday and starts at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street near Balboa Park and the finish line is at 13th and K streets near PETCO Park in Downtown.

60-years of Bring Your Own Booze is over for the San Diego traditional summertime Over The Line Tournament along with some other rule changes. The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club or OMBAC says on its web site that the new rules are being forced upon them by the city.

Notable changes are

1: No more BYOB

2: Alcohol will be sold inside the tournament playing area.

3: The tournament playing area will be a fenced and a controlled 21 years old and up area only.

OMBAC says the rule changes are because the voters banned drinking on the beaches without special permits and a group that was denied a permit last year sued the city crying foul.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 environmentalists are protesting at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins office at 1350 Front Street. They are upset that Atkins supports Assembly Bill 2145. According to the group the bill will make it imposable for communities to pursue clean energy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 28, 2014

Tonight at 5:30 protesters calling for the release of Marine Corps sergeant in Mexican prison will rally at the San Ysidro border crossing for his release. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested while crossing into Mexico with a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun and ammunition in his car.

Guns are extremely illegal in Mexico. The American consulate in Tijuana on its web site says “Don’t bring firearms or ammunition across the border into Mexico. Don’t carry a knife, even a small pocketknife, on your person in Mexico. You may become one of dozens of U.S. Citizens who are arrested each month for unintentionally violating Mexico’s strict weapons laws.”

However Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by mistake. Today Tahmooressi is having a hearing in Tijuana about his case. The Mexican legal system is very different than the American, and the process can be long.

Last night San Diego Unified District Board of Education approved a new early retirement program. 471 teachers are eligible for it and the Board says it’ll save nearly $30 million over the next five years. Of the 471 teachers eligible about a quarter have signed up for it. Most have until Friday to decide if they want the early retirement, however summer school teachers have until their last summer workday to decide. Teachers that have been with the district for 5-years and are 55-years-old with 5-years of credit in the state teachers retirement system, or those 50 to 54 with 30-years retirement credits are eligible.

Proposition 13 is on topic at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association early morning forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 keeps property taxes low by setting the tax rate on the value of property at the time the property was purchased. Many blame prop. 13 on the state’s education funding problems, because schools get much their funding from property taxes.

At 9:00 AM at the County Administration Center Room 358 fracking is taking center stage at a public forum. Fracking or “induced hydraulic fracturing” is when thousands of gallons of fluid-chemicals are injected into geological structures at pressures high enough to break or fracture the geology and release the oil deposited there. It’s an extremely controversial method. The public is welcome, however no placards or signs are allowed in.

At 10:00 AM Balboa Park’s centennial celebration is the topic of a press conference at Balboa Park’s reflecting pool. They boast that it’ll be a “major announcement”.

This morning at 10:00 the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego sector Border patrol is honoring the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Border Patrol by reading the names of agents killed in the line of duty.

Embattled Sweetwater Union High School District is on topic tonight at 6:00 at Chula Vista’s City Hall. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is hosting the forum.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the candidates for District Attorney are talking to the National Latina Business Women Association of San Diego and the La Raza Lawyers at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.

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Pertussis Cases Surpass Last Year’s Total | News | San Diego County News Center

Pertussis Cases Surpass Last Year’s Total | News | San Diego County News Center.

“Another 102 new cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, were confirmed by local health officials, bringing this year’s count to 454. In 2013, a total of 431 whooping cough cases were reported and there were only 63 cases at this point last year. There was a high of 1,179 cases reported in 2010.”