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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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Chula Vista Teachers Enter Mediation With District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District and its teacher’s union are attempting to end a contract impasse through mediation.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 16, 2014

The USS Cape St. George and its 350 officers and sailors are leaving San Diego this morning. They are on their way to participate in the massive naval exercise called RIMPAC, for Rim of the Pacific. Over 25,000 service members from 23 countries are participating in this, the 24th multinational maritime exercise. From June 26th to August 1st the multinational armada of ships will train near the Hawaiian Islands.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council will take up a proposal to raise the minimum wage. The proposal, being spearheaded by Council President Todd Gloria, is to set San Diego’s lowest pay at $13.09 an hour. Opponents to the raise are rallying before the council meeting at 1:30 in Civic Center Plaza. The group of business owners say that if the minimum wage is raised it’ll hurt their ability to stay in business and provide jobs. If the proposal makes it through council it’ll be put on November’s ballot.

At 3:00 this afternoon you can watch the U.S. play Ghana in the World Cup Tournament at the park at PETCO park. The new 17 by 29 foot wide big screen at the park will show the match. Before the U.S. match you can also watch Mexico vs Brazil at noon.

And finally tonight at 7:30 telling the stories of six San Diego women will take center stage at the 21th annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. It’s called “Women of Valor”.

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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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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 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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Good morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 12, 2014

Early this morning a woman wakes up to a man in her room trying to kiss her. San Diego Police Lt. Paul Phillips says that SDPD was already in the area responding to a separate prowler call when the victim called 911 about the man in her room. Police say that when the victim woke up the suspect ran off and that no property was taken. Officials do believe the two incidents have the same suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Filipino male, early 20’s, short haircut and a little bit of facial growth with a thin mustache,

This morning at 9:00 the San Diego City Council Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is meeting. And on the docket is the San Diego Convention Center Corporation’s report that says fourteen trade shows may pass San Diego by, taking millions of dollars with them. The report says that New York Life Insurance Company sees San Diego as too expensive. The education group Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID Center say their conventioneers cannot afford San Diego’s hotel rates. Other groups are making the same claims about staying in San Diego being expensive along with worries over the completion of the Convention Center expansion.

One group that wasn’t deterred from having their convention in San Diego is the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association. They start their 33rd annual convention and trade show this morning at 7:00.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is meeting about a report about transferring properties from the now defunded redevelopment agencies back to the city. Acquiring 114 acres on Volcan Mountain is what the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ is talking about this morning at 9:00

At 10:45 AM Civic San Diego Board of Directors is getting together to talk about how to choses a new president.

At noon Councilman Todd Gloria is meeting with a group that wants to raise the minimum wage for San Diego. They’ll be outside at Civic Center Plaza.

In El Cajon’s courthouse there are two Arraignments worth mentioning both set for 1:30 PM. First …73-year-old Leland Clyde’s arraignment for allegedly shooting a fellow camper at an R.V. park in Alpine. Then Adrian Atondo is accused of driving drugged, leading deputies on a chase, than crashing into several parked cars.
Big data and what that means for San Diego is the subject of a panel talk at U.C. San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the World Resource Sim Center is workshoping ways to make San Diego 100 percent clean and 100 percent run on renewable energy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 14, 2013

Fire danger in San Diego County remains high today. 5% humidity and winds gusting up to 75-miles-per-hour is why the National Weather Service’s red flag warning is still in effect. They expect the elevated danger to last through Wednesday.

Local government is busy today. San Diego’s City Council is taking public comment starting at 9:00 AM. On the agenda are a $120 million dollar bond, special parking for electric cars, and a proclamation marking the 25th anniversary of San Diego’s famous rack ‘n roll night club the Casbah.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is talking about an audit of the ports financials in a special meeting.

At 5:00 tonight the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about forming a coalition of large urban school districts in California and how to offer some high school’ers college level classes.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer is picking up another endorsement for his mayoral run this afternoon at 12:30 from an Asian-American business owners group.

Sustainability and the next mayor is what they’re talking about at a forum being hosted by the World Resource Sim Center tonight at 5:30.

F-Y-I San Diego special mayoral election is on Febuary 11th

On today’s legal calendar there’s lots going on…

At 9:00 AM in federal court the imprisonment of 14 accused gang member’s is being discussed in light of their arrest for sex-trafficking.

David Huberto Ortiz is being sentenced for murdering an 8-month-old girl this morning at 8:30 in El Cajon’s courthouse.

Then in Vista’s courthouse at 1:30 this afternoon Justin Gibson and Kenneth Hamilton will hear their fates for killing two teens at Libby Lake Park.

And in San Diego’s downtown courthouse also at 1:30 PM Esteban Nandin is being sentenced for raising an assault rifle at police officers.

The Surfrider Foundation is giving away 1000 free reusable shopping bags in honor of Day Without a Bag. The volunteers will be in front of the Pancho Villa’s Farmers Market at 3245 El Cajon Blvd.

And finally tonight at 6:00 enjoy a free movie at the San Diego Public Library with “Cold Souls” a 2011 film about a frustrated actor that is having his soul removed and put in frozen storage.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 17, 2013

Today beginning at 10:00 AM it’s a big day for San Diego’s City Council.

First they are setting the date for the runoff election. The runoff is expected to cost around $4 million. One date being batted around is February 11th because Solana Beach already has a special election set for then, and they could share the cost.

Then the other major thing on the council’s plate for today is if they should rescind the newly adopted zoning rules for Barrio Logan or take it to the public for a vote. The new plan separates industrial and residential areas of Barrio Logan and creates a buffer zone between the two. Businesses say the new rules will hurt them, thus hurting employment. Environmentalist say “It’s clear that the greedy executives running these out-of-state corporations don’t care about the folks living and working in Barrio Logan”.

At 2:00 this afternoon in Chula Vista their city council is meeting about a proposed sewer rate hike.

Then tonight at 6:00 El Cajon’s City Council is continuing interviews with people that want to fill the vacant council seats.

Tonight at 6:30 the Environmental Protection Agency is talking to the public about a new power plant proposed for Otay Mesa They are meeting at San Ysidro Middle School.

Immigration activists are making a point today but with a holiday theme. At 6:30 PM they are first dropping of Christmas cards and produce at Congressman Darrell Issa’s office then taking a Nativity themed march to his house.

A lot of holiday philanthropism today.

First this morning at 7:00 Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano along with some surprise NFL player are giving away 500 holiday dinners to poor families.

At 9:30 AM National City Police, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, the National Latino Police Officers Association, and Lowrider car-club members are giving away holiday dinners and gifts at 1200 National City Blvd.

And finally at 10:00 AM volunteers are sorting through the 2,300 toys donated by the Marines Corps from Toys for Tots.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 5, 2013

Fast Food workers are protesting today in over 100 cities across the country for higher wages. Organizers say they want the workers to earn at least $15 an hour. In San Diego they will be in front of the Wendy’s on Broadway and first at noon.

Educators are packing the San Diego Convention Center today kicking off the three-day California School Boards Association’s Education Conference and Trade Show. The conference hopes to help school board members, school administrators, and educators reach their education goals. However, if you preregistered it cost you $455 to attend and on-site today it’ll run you $555 … It begs the question … what school district in California has the money to pay for that?

This morning at 10:00 AM San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is holding his weekly media briefing. He’s open to talk about anything concerning city government

At 10:00 AM San Diego City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, the Burn Institute, and San Diego’s Fire Department kick off their fire safety campaign. Over the winter the risk of a house fire increases and senior citizens are particularly in danger. If your over 65 your twice as likely to die in house fire and if your over 75 that jumps to four times as likely.

150 San Diego County foster families are getting refurbished computers from the county of San Diego at 11:00 AM. Also at 11:00 AM the Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County is getting info on a ballot initiative to reform California’s death penalty. Proponents want to change the lethal injection formula. The company that made a key drug in the old formula stopped making it. Other states have tried using propofol (that’s the drug Michael Jackson overdosed on) but the German company that makes that drug is not allowed to export it for use in state executions. It’s because of a European Union rule. After the Deputies are done with their briefing on the ballot initiative they’re talking to the press at about 12:30.

Two big cases are in the hands of the jury today. The Mexican kidnap gang Los Palillos is awaiting their verdict for kidnapping and murder. They could get the death penalty.

And Richard Tuite whose conviction for killing 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was overturned on appeal awaits the jury on the new charge of voluntary manslaughter.

There are two arraignment of note in San Diego’s downtown courthouse this afternoon at 1:30.

Todd Francis is accused of being responsible for a hand gun that two children got ahold of, played with, leaving one of them dead … And Marciano Flores Jr is accused of killing his 60-year-old father in a drunk driving accident.

And finally tonight at 5:30 Legoland in Carlsbad is having its 11th annual tree lighting.

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