Category Archives: Marine Corps

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 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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 19, 2014

Life is returning to normal as firefighters finish off the still burning blazes that scorched San Diego. Last week a dozen separate fires blacked San Diego County.

Three fires on base at Camp Pendleton burned 21,900 acres. Two of the fires still burn. The Las Pulgas Fire is 75% contained and the San Mateo Fire is 97% contained.

Off base in the North San Diego County city of San Marcos the Cocos fire is 87% contained and all evacuations have been lifted. According to Cal Fire 39-homes are lost but thankfully no injuries.

In Carlsbad 8-homes single family homes, two multiple unit apparent buildings, two commercial buildings, and a trailer were lost in the Poinsettia Fire. Fortunately this fire is 100% contained, has been since Saturday.

The city is accepting donations to help those affected on their web site at http://www.readycarlsbad.org .

San Diego’s wounded and endangered opera company is holding a press conference today at 10:00 AM. The 50-year-old opera company is suffering with financial difficulties and controversies around its former artistic director haunt the cultural institution. Their closure was thought emanate but there are optimistic rumors around today’s press conference.

San Diego City Council is meeting this afternoon at 2:00. They’re talking about what the City Charter says about removing elected officials from office. Then at 6:00 PM in a special evening public hearing the council is meeting about next year’s $2.97 billion budget. The new budget extends library house, allocates pay for more police and fire recruits, helps fund a temporary fire station in Skyline and more.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 25, 2014

Seventeen supposed violent gang members are in federal court today facing racketeering, drug and weapons charges. They were among the 45 suspects arrested yesterday in a massive county wide sweep. Yesterday U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said that they are members of the “a particularly volatile and violent” gang. Over 500 officers from various law enforcement agencies participated in the sweep. Nine suspects are still at large; including 50-year-old Randy Alton Graves of El Cajon who authorities say is the ring leader. Authorities also think that some of the defendants were involved in some recent homicides. Reportedly the victims were former gang members or associates that the gang suspected of working with police.

This morning after 7:15 sailors and Marines from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group are coming home to San Diego. They’ve been gone for 8-months for a deployment in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. The USS Boxer, USS New Orleans, USS Harpers Ferry, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and some of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will all come ashore.

San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting this morning at 9:00. They are talking about accepting $300,000 from the State Energy Commission for making an alternative fuel readiness plan. They are also looking at a report about what’s called “active modes of transportation” … that means walking or biking.

This afternoon at 3:00 in Lakeside County officials are opening up a brand new 16,000 square foot skate park at Lindo Lake County Park.

Also at 3:00 the British owned Bumble Bee Seafoods is celebrating the opening up of its new San Diego headquarters in the Showley Brothers Candy Factory at Petco Park. Mayor Faulconer and former mayor Jerry Sanders will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

And finally tonight at 7:30 over $85,000 in scholarships are being awarded to 124 San Diego Mesa College students in their 21st annual Scholarship Banquet.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 13, 2014

A red flag warning is in effect for San Diego County. Wind gusts over 50 miles per hour will scour San Diego County and humidity as low as five percent come together to create the dangerous conditions. The warning will stay in effect until Wednesday night.

Chula Vista Police are on the lookout for three suspects from two separate robberies of one 7-11 and one clerk … all just hours apart. The first robbery was last night at 11:37 PM and the suspects are described as a man and woman both in their 20’s. The man is thought to be 5′ 10″, thin, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and he had a shot gun fitted with a pistol grip. The woman is said to also be 5′ 10 wearing black pants but a black shirt.

Then the second robbery came at 4:17 AM. The same clerk was working. He told authorities that he thinks it’s the same male suspect from the earlier. I guess the woman stayed home?? The robber even used what is thought to be the same gun. But this time he had a light blue bandanna covering his face.

This morning 140 Marines from Camp Pendleton deploy for Afghanistan. The Marines make up nearly half of the first Marine Expeditionary Force’s forward command. They are the last major command to deploy to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. They’ll be at Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan until late this year.

This morning at 9:00 San Diego’s City Council Audit Committee is meeting. On the Agenda: financial statements from the Housing Commission and the Personnel Department’s performance audit.

Then at 3:30 this afternoon the San Diego Salary Setting Commission is meeting and will be reviewing the City Council and Mayor’s salaries.

At 10:00 AM the I-R-S is holding a forum on tax identity theft at the San Diego Central Library.

And finally at 10:00 this morning the groundbreaking for Barrio Logan’s new gateway sign on Cesar Chavez Parkway. This is marking the start of 1.5 million dollars in improvements for the community.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 7, 2014

Two San Diego based destroyers deploy this morning from Naval Base San Diego. The USS Kidd and USS Pinckney will be the home away from home to over 600 sailors for months to come. While on deployment the ships will be training with some of our allies and what the navy calls “theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations”.

San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 about some new appointments.

Then at noon the Port of San Diego and the homeless charity Alpha Project are signing an agreement with help with our growing homeless population.

A new senior citizen community is breaking ground this afternoon at 12:30 in Chula Vista. The new 156-room community will be called Saint Paul’s Senior Homes and Services.

In court this afternoon at 130 there are two sentencing and two arraignments on the schedule.

Wanda Podgurski is on the docket in San Diego to be sentenced for a frailer to appear. Podgurski was convicted of insurance and disability fraud when she took off and turned up in Mexico. Podgurski was extradited back to the states after she began taunting San Diego’s District Attorney over twitter.

In Vista’s courthouse Pedro Luis Padilla will be sentenced after pleading guilty to many graffiti crimes. Originally Padilla and his 15-year-old accomplice were arrested for more than 400 separate graffiti crimes.

Carlos K Romero is accused of leading police on a pursuit across San Diego County to the Mexican border will be arraigned in San Diego’s courthouse.

And Azteco Frankie Soto is set to be arraigned in Chula Vista’s courthouse for supposedly trashing a South Bay high school cafeteria over the Thanksgiving holiday.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a $320 million bond issue and some charter school business.

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