Category Archives: HEALTH

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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San Diego County Hits Record-High Temps Schools Close

Around 120 San Diego Unified School District schools without full air conditioning have implemented “minimum day schedules,” including Clairemont, Crawford, La Jolla, Madison, Mira Mesa, Mission Bay and University City high schools, according to the district. After-school athletic activities have been canceled at all city schools.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 4, 2014

San Diego AM Briefing BowersDesk.com 6-4-14 from l. matthew bowler on Vimeo.

The Election is over and some of the notable winners are …

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis avoids a runoff election by defeating her opponents and getting 55 percent of the vote.

Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters will slug it out in a runoff election this fall.

The Barrio Logan community plan loses dramatically in a 60 / 40 spit.

And Democrat Sarah Boot loses to Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council.

Now many of those that won are going to try to say or imply that they have the mandate of the people … they do not. Apathy and record low voter turnout plagued this election. For example people that voted no on the changes to Prop B, the Barrio Logan zoning plan, took the election with nearly 60 percent of the vote. But that means they won by 21,898 votes … in a city of 1 point 3 million people that’s not a lot of votes. That means 1 point 6 percent of San Diegans decided that race.

According to the Registrar of Voters there are still about 98,000 provisional ballots to be counted. For all the election results Google San Diego Registrar of Voters they’ve got all the info.

This afternoon at 1:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez are talking to the press about improved emergency response times near the Mexican border after a new ambulance was added to the area. They’ll be at the trolley stop next to the border crossing.

In court this afternoon two sentencings of note, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Sweetwater school board President Jim Cartmill is officially being sentenced after his guilty plea for taking gifts that exceed the state’s value limit.

Then in San Diego’s courthouse Anthony Elias Estrada will hear his fate for murdering his girlfriend and then setting their home on fire.

And finally tonight at 6:00 24-people that donated kidneys, saving lives, are being honored by Sharp Memorial Hospital at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. It’s on the heels of the hospitals 14th living kidney transplant. A 31-year-old woman gave a kidney to her mom.

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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 May 13, 2014

Hot temps and high winds are keeping San Diego County Fire Fighters on alert today. The National Weather Service has a red flag warning in place until Wednesday at 8:00 PM. Moving it from Tuesday. Record setting heat, low humidity and winds gusting up to 65 miles-per-hour will scour the county. At the very least driving is going to be affected with all of the debris in the road. It’s going to be about 90 degrees at the beaches and up to 98 inland.

A student at Central Elementary School in Imperial Beach tested positive for tuberculosis and may have exposed others. Students at the school will get free testing today. The kids may have been exposed between March 17 and April 23 according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Symptoms include a persistent cough, fever, night sweats and sudden weight loss. Dr. Wilma Wooten Public Health Officer says “Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication”.

Governor Jerry Brown is talking to the press today all across California about revisions to his proposed state budget. He’s supposed to be in San Diego at 2:45 this afternoon making his case at the City Administration Building.

Brown’s office says his budget will:

Make the state save any increases in capital gains

Force the state to make extra payments to any debts, shortening the payoff time.

Increase the rainy day fund to 10 percent

And create a special account to help schools avoid future cuts.

Just before the governor gives his press conference the environmental group SanDiego350.org is going to be at the City Administration Building encouraging Brown to oppose Induced Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking in California. The gas and oil extraction method is extremely controversial. Environmentalists believe this method is polluting the ground water among other environmental damage.

San Diego City Council is meeting all day today. First at 10:00 AM they are talking about ending a relationship between the volunteer group that was planning the Balboa Park centennial celebration. Some of the controversy the group became embroiled in a controversy is if they should release financial their records and the city wants to know what the group did with $1 point 6 million in city funds just to name a couple.

Then this afternoon the council is expected to give the formal OK to a settlement of $355,000 in attorney’s fees incurred by Save Our Heritage Organization. The group fought and won a fight stopping the construction of a bypass bridge on the west side of Balboa Park, way back during Jerry Sanders’s tenure as mayor.

Tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board is meeting. They’re talking about a district finance update, a teacher early retirement program and charter schools.

And finally tonight at 7:00 David Victor, the director of the University of California Laboratory on International Law and Regulation is giving the 5th annual Keeling Lecture at the Birch Aquarium.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 23, 2014

San Diego’s minimum wage is the topic on the tips of many tongues today.

First at 12:00 PM City Council President Todd Gloria is releasing the details of a ballot measure that would increase San Diego’s minimum wage. Gloria hasn’t before specified the amount he would like to be San Diego’s lowest pay. However he has said that he wants a quote “meaningful” increase. Some research says that in order to live on a very basic budget a single person in San Diegan needs to earn $13.09 an hour. While others say that raising the minimum wage would hurt small businesses and the economy of San Diego.

Supporters of raising the minimum wage are also rallying tonight at 6:30. The San Diego Organizing Project and supporters are set to gather at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish in Barrio Logan.

This afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego City Council Environment Committee is meeting about the group that was supposed to plan the Balboa Park centennial party and a proposal to decide if they should declare a drought watch in San Diego.

Before the committee meets councilmen David Alvarez and Ed Harris are talking to the press about the possible drought watch at 1:30.

The controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan is what nurses and healthcare advocate are endorsing this morning at 10:00. They want the community to vote yes on Propositions B & C in support of the new zoning rules; they say the new zoning regulation will protect children’s health. They’ll be with representatives from the Environmental Health Coalition outside the front entrance of the UCSD Medical Center.

At 10:30 in front of Rady Children’s Hospital supporters of the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2014 are talking to the press. The ballot measure locks in federal funding for Medi-Cal. Its supporters are submitting over 1.3 million signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.

In court today two things of note

First at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse the preliminary hearing for former San Diego Police Officer Christopher Hays continues. However we are hearing rumors that the case may settle today.

Then at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse Samuel Ruiz is being sentenced for sending threatening text messages to a high school student just after the double murder of two other teens.

And finally tonight at 6:30 William Shakespeare’s birthday is being celebrated at San Diego’s Central Library.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 10, 2014

The Princess Cruises line ship Crown Princess is pulling into San Diego with 83 people onboard sick with norovirus. The ship has over 3000 passengers and over 11-hundred crew. In a statement Princess Cruises says …

“Some passengers aboard a cruise ship touring the West Coast are having a rough trip … All individuals who are ill (currently 66 passengers and 17 crew members), have been isolated in their cabins until they are not contagious … none of the passengers elected to leave the ship and that everyone onboard is instructed to frequently wash their hands”

The ship is pulling in between 7:00 and 8:00 AM

This morning after 8:30 the USS McClusky is leaving San Diego this morning for a deployment in Central and South America. The guided-missile frigate and its 215 sailors are going to be working with other countries to stop drug trafficking. Two-years ago in a similar operation the McClusky seized over 10-thousand pounds of cocaine.

This morning at 9:30 San Diego Unified School District is hosting a talk with parents about how autism can evolve over the life of an autistic person.

At noon a new report that compares and contrasts how cities use solar energy systems is being released by the environmental advocacy group Environment California. Reportedly San Diego is one of California’s leading cities.

At 5:30 tonight the Environmental Health Coalition is hosting its annual awards party called 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities. The Barrio Logan community plan update is sure to be on the tips of their tongs.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the last 70-finalists are competing for the open 28-Chargers Girls spots. Winners are going to be announced Friday.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 2, 2014

San Diego County mountains are expecting up to 7 inches of snow today according to the National Weather Service. A cold storm system is moving through the county this morning and elevations over 4500 feet will be hit. Tomorrow could be a good day to go visit the snow! Because that’s what we do in San Diego … we visit the snow!

However the snow hitting in the east means that rain is falling in along the coast. That could really mess up our commute. So drive carefully.

The Affordable Care Act hit home for San Diego yesterday when the President mentioned a 57-year-old Solana Beach man in his speech announcing that 7.1 million people signed up for health care. Sean Casey, a software engineer, wrote an email to the President thanking him for the ACA.

The President said “Sean Casey from Solana Beach, California, always made sure to cover his family on the private market, but pre-existing medical conditions meant his annual tab was over $30,000. This year, the Casey family’s premiums will fall from over $30,000 to under $9,000.”

Disgraced former San Diego Police officer Anthony Arevalos is still making headlines. Yesterday a federal judge said that there is enough evidence to put the SDPD, the department, on trial for engaging in what plaintiff lawyers say is “a systematic cover-up of Arevalos” sexual assaults. In 2011 Arevalos was convicted of felony and misdemeanor sexual battery, asking for brides and assault and battery. His case involved five-victims.

Student workers at University of California San Diego are protesting this morning at 8:30. They want to stop what they say is “illegal bullying and union-busting that UC management”. This protest is part of a state wide series of protests at University of California campuses. This morning’s protest along with another one this afternoon at 1:30 will be at the Geisel Library on campus at UC San Diego.

San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission is meeting at 3:30 this afternoon. They are talking about a possible change to the City Charter that would change the way the city council and mayor are paid.

Tonight at 4:00 Oceanside City Council is looking at banning e-cigarettes.

Proponents of the ban say:

  • The use of e-cigarettes by minors nationwide more than doubled from 2011 to
  • 2012.
  • E-cigarettes are often sold in flavors that appeal to minors such as Gummy Bear,
  • Bubble Gum and Marshmallow.
  • People passively exposed to second-hand e-cigarettes aerosol absorb nicotine in at levels comparable to secondhand smoke.
  • Nicotine raises blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and glucose levels.
  • Nicotine makes the heart pump harder to pass blood through constricted arteries.

At 1:30 PM in Chula Vista’s court Jose Ascencio Gomez is scheduled to be arraigned for stabbing his ex-wife over and over again during a fight at her house.

This morning at 11:00 students form Escondido Charter High School and Heritage Charter School will try to build the world’s biggest peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’ll be doing this at the high school at 1868 East Valley Parkway in Escondido.

And finally today the charity Mama’s Kitchen celebrates delivering its 7 millionth meal. Mama’s Kitchen takes prepared food to people with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 26, 2014

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is meeting at 9:00 AM and top of the agenda are the iconic sales at the Convention Center. According to a report by the Convention Center the sails will need to be replaced in 2017 and they want the city to pony up $11 and half million dollars to do it. The report also says that things like the heat and air conditioning system, restrooms, and ice makers are in need of immediate work. The report says it’ll cost $41 million to get up to date on all the back logged work.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 the city council’s Environment Committee is meeting and disbanding the committee created to arrange the Balboa Park centennial celebration. The committee says it wasn’t able to get enough interest from San Diegans or city officials.

Where a tsunami could hit in San Diego is what the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services is talking about today at 10:30 AM. They are going to show the media a mailer and map that every home and business in possible tsunami zones will get showing them how their area could be affected by a tsunami. Eighth graders from the Old Town Academy are also going to show off an evacuation demo they made.

Then this morning at 11:30 Council President Todd Gloria is talking to the press about raising San Diego’s minimum wage. Gloria wants voters to weigh in on it and decide if San Diego workers deserve a higher lowest pay.

In court today two sentencings and two arraignments worth mentioning.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 2:00 PM Tony Lee Burleson is being sentenced for molesting four teenage boys. The 44-year-old firearms trainer pleaded guilty to molesting the boys one of which is a relative of his.

At 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse Joann Carter will hear her fate for stabbing a guy she was dating in the neck after she found out he was dating other women.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:30 Blaine Anthony Arellano is being arraigned for assaulting his roommate which ended with Arellano being stabbed by the roommate.

And still in El Cajon at 1:30 Francisco Roblero is being arraigned for running from the cops while riding his motorcycle and slamming into a trolley.

Stopping obesity and diabetes in the Asian and Pacific Islander community is what 13 restaurant owners are talking about this morning at 10:00. They’ll be at Operation Samahan, an immigrant health care focused organization headquarters at 1428 Highland Ave in National City.

Patrick Henry High School is finally breaking ground on a new performing arts center at 3:30 this afternoon. San Diego Unified School District has had the new building on the drawing board for years.

And finally at 6:00 tonight new San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is hosting another town hall meeting. This time she’s at Cherokee Point Elementary taking questions.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 13, 2014

Police shoot a 28-year-old suspect and one San Diego Patrolman and four deputy U.S. Marshals suffer minor injuries yesterday evening at around 8:00 PM. The suspect was wanted in a multi-agency search and found sitting in the driver’s seat of a white VW Jetta in Point Loma. SDPD Lieutenant Jorge Duran says that when officers tried to arrest him the suspect rammed two police unmarked and one marked police cars then he hit an SDPD officer in the leg. Officers fired time at and hit the suspect many times. The suspect was wanted for weapons and narcotics charges, and is in serious but stable condition at the hospital.

President Obama is coming to San Diego this May 8th. Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs will host the president for a $10,000 per-person fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is also supposed to be there.

Authorities are warning us about a small measles outbreak. San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says that the outbreak has grown by one and that others may have been exposed. Agency officials say people may have been exposed to the virus on …

March 3rd-7th and March 10 at the Chula Vista Veterans’’ Affairs Clinic.

On March 3rd and 9th at the 24-hour-fitness in Chula Vista on Amena Court

And on March 5th and 9th at Mater Dei Catholic Church in Chula Vista.

Early symptoms are a cough and runny nose with the rash appearing one to four days later. People are contagious four days before the rash shows up. More info can be found at the San Diego Immunization Program’s web site at www.sdiz.org.

Teachers in the Sweetwater Education Association are voting whether or not they’ll strike. The voting runs today from 7:00 AM till 7:00 PM and tomorrow from 6:00 AM till 7:00 PM. The union and the Sweetwater School District have been in negotiations for over a year and still haven’t come to an agreement. One of the major sticking points is the healthcare contribution.

Stopping human trafficking is the topic of a press conference the District Attorney and Chula Vista Police are giving this morning at 10:00.

In court this afternoon at 1:30 two arraignments of note. Karate instructor Juan Melesio Floes is being arraigned in San Diego’s courthouse for allegedly molesting two of his students.

And in Chula Vista’s courthouse Brandon Lee Mason is being arraigned for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend because he thought she was cheating on him.

This afternoon at 3:00 a traveling replica of D.C.’s Vietnam War Memorial is opening with a ceremony at Tuna Harbor Park.

Also at 3:00 PM school gardens are getting some new fruit and vegetable plants from the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the World Resource Sim Center is hosting a forum about globalizing San Diego’s brand.

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