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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