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Refugee Teens Learn San Diego Culture By Playing Outdoors

“A day at the beach is a standard San Diego outing, but not for this group of 80 teenagers from El Cajon Valley High School. These are survivors. All of them are refugee immigrants who came to San Diego County less than three years ago. Most are from Iraq. Many can’t even swim.

El Cajon Valley High School teamed up with the nonprofit Outdoor Outreach to give these teens a chance to play in the water. On this day they were learning how to kayak and paddle board. The secret to success, according to 15-year-old Mustafa Mustafa, is to, “keep doing it and keep falling — you’re going to learn.”

Read more here http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jul/09/san-diego-iraqi-teens-bringing-new-life-san-diegos

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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 1, 2014

Rain and wind are coming into San Diego this morning. The National Weather Service says that winds could gust at speeds up to 65-miles-per-hour in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts. Scattered showers are expected along the cost this morning and a slim chance this afternoon. A second wave of rainy weather is expected Wednesday morning.

Today is opening day for the San Diego Padres. Last Sunday they played their “Opening Night” game and today’s game at 3:40 will be the first “Day-Game”. This is the 10th anniversary of PETCO Park in downtown San Diego and the Padres are facing the Dodgers.

In El Cajon’s courthouse at 9:00 AM opening statements in the trial of 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi starts. He’s accused of beating his 32-year-old wife Shaima Alawadi to death. The couple are Iraqi immigrants, and when her body was found there was a note that read “This is my country, go back to yours, terrorist.” However the couple’s 18-year-old daughter says that her parents were having problems and Alawadi was trying to get a divorce. Their daughter also says that the night her mother was killed she heard a short squeal and sometime later found her mother’s beaten body on the kitchen floor and called 911.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the American Association of Political Consultants starts its four-day conference.

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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 26, 2014

On the heels of several misconduct allegations, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne announces his retirement. Effective Monday March 3rd the 69-year-old law enforcement professional will leave the office he has led for over a decade. Within the past few years several officers have become embroiled in sexual misconduct cases … weather convicted or under investigation. Most notably Anthony Arevalos … convicted of sexually assaulting nine-woman while on duty. He’s serving 9-years in prison.

Reportedly mayor elect Kevin Faulconer met with Lansdowne. Faulconer says “The decision to resign was the chief’s, and the chief’s alone, I told him that I would support his decision.” Faulconer will announce the next step in choosing a new chief over the next couple of days.

Medical Marijuana dispensaries have new rules to follow. Yesterday San Diego’s City Council approved several new zoning regulations in an 8 to 1 vote. The city will now issue a 5-year conditional use permit to all dispensaries and a 1-year renewable public safety permit will come from San Diego Police. They will have to also stay 1,000 feet away from public parks, churches, child care centers, playgrounds, residential care facilities, schools and other dispensaries. They must stay 100-feet away from residential zones, and they are not allowed to have on-site medical professionals that can write pot prescriptions. Also only 4 dispensaries are allowed per council district.

San Diego City Council is busy today.

Starting at 9:00 AM the Budget Committee meets about updated to this year’s budget. Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is getting together to talk about a proposed audit of the San Diego Police Department, e-cig regulations, and sinking a decommissioned Canadian destroyer adding to the scuba diving park off the coast near Mission Beach.
At 9:00 AM San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is talking about more closely securitizing foreigners who want to learn how to fly.

Immigration reform activists are stopping at Republican Congressman Darrell Issa’s office this morning at 9:30 AM. Then this morning at 10:00 and 11:00, and this afternoon at 3:00 and 4:30 they’re talking to the press.

An arraignment and a sentencing this afternoon at 1:30 worth talking about.

In San Diego’s courthouse Nicholas Gervais is being arraigned for allegedly crashing into another driver and killing him while driving drunk and possibly high, going the wrong way on the 94.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Salvador Martinez in being sentenced for trying to rob a Taco Bell with a knife. The police say witnesses were instrumental to his arrest.

Making Carlsbad a better city to walk and bike in is the topic of a community forum tonight at 6:00 at the Faraday Center.

And finally … tonight at 7:30 the Shen Yun Chinese music and dance extravaganza starts its five-day run at Escondido’s California Center for the Arts.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 31, 2014

According to the National Weather Service Strong winds, big surf, and rain are hitting all over San Diego County today. Winds with gusts up to 50-miles-per-hour will scour the mountain and deserts in San Diego. High tides over 7-feet could bring flooding. And the scattered showers are sure to snarl our commute. For once there is actually weather in San Diego

San Diego sheriff warns us not to get taken by a new phone scam. The scammers call you and say they are some kind of law enforcement and that one of your relatives has a warrant out requiring immediate cash payment to avoid arrest. Sheriff Bill Gore says that law enforcement does not call asking for payment to avoid arrest warrants. And if you do get one of those calls or a call that makes you suspicious just hang up and call the Sheriff’s Department on your own at 858-565-2000.

This morning at 8:30 climate change, getting to school safely, and the profile of politicians from all across California is what the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is talking about today for the last day of their annual retreat.

Early this afternoon at 11:00 American Donald Young faces Wimbledon champ Andy Murray for the opening match of the Davis Cup at PETCO Park. Special tennis court and grand stands was built in the middle of center field.

Also at 11:00 AM Wal-Mart is giving $100,000 to Angel’s Depot. Angel’s Depot is a San Diego nonprofit that feeds the ageing poor.

University of California San Diego is celebrating Black History Month today at noon with music and spoken-word at Price Center Plaza.

This afternoon at 12:30 the new 500,000-squate-foot hospital on base at Camp Pendleton opens with a ribbon cutting.

And finally at 5:00 tonight San Diego Vietnamese American Youth Alliance starts its three-day party for the Tet Festival. The party is at the Mira Mesa Community Park.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 23, 2014

Many San Diego politicians are returning money donated to them by a Mexican National that is accused of using a straw man proxy to make the illegal donations.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis returned $700

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria returned $500

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio gave back $500

California State Representative Juan Vargas says he’s giving back any money illegally donated to him. Reportedly that could be as much as $3500

The UT San Diego identified the Mexican National attempting to make the illegal donations as Jose Susumo Azano Matsura. He’s accused of using a political social media company run by Ravneet Singh. Federal authorities arrested 41-year-old Singh in Washington DC last week and brought him to San Diego. It is alleged that Singh conspired to funnel as much as $500,000 from Azano Matsura into the coffers of San Diego politicians. Ex San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is accused of conspiring with Singh in the government’s complaint.

And a third man, lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes was charged yesterday with conspiracy to finance campaigns with illegal money. Court papers describe Cortes’s as a business associate and friend of Encinas.

More on this San Diego Political Novella is sure to follow.

A man is in Federal custody and accused of smuggling weapons into Mexico hidden in a motorized wheelchair. The 52-year-old was trying to cross at the Otay Mesa port of entry with parts for assault rifles and 64-box’s of ammo. Firearms are illegal in Mexico and American authorities say they will work hard to prevent smuggling from the states south. In my opinion he’s lucky he got caught in San Diego and not in Mexico.

The National Weather service has two warnings for San Diego. First: dense fog is blanketing our cost and make the morning commute very scary, so slow down.

And second a fire watch is in effect for San Diego’s inland valleys and mountains. High winds and low humidity are creating the dangerous conditions.
This morning at 8:00 the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is talking about hackers and cyber-attacks at breakfast event at the Bernardo Heights Country Club.

At 10:30 AM it’s the groundbreaking of a brand new 16,000 square foot fire station in Mission Valley.

Also at 10:30 in the North Eastern San Diego County city of Boulevard Cal Fire is also breaking ground on a new fire station.

Early this morning at 7:30 AM the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament kicks off with their opening ceremony. First tee is at 9:00 AM.

And finally tonight at 7:30 the 2014 Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series opens. The McDermott Trio is preforming and after they’re taking questions.

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