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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 March 11, 2014

The federal contractor convicted of bribing former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham has had his request for a new trial denied. 59-year-old Brent Wilkes was originally convicted in November of 2007 and sentenced to 12-years in federal prison. But after serving less than a year he was released pending his appeal. Disgraced Congressman Cunningham pleaded guilty in 2005 and spent eight years in prison. Now 72-year-old Cunningham is free and living in an undisclosed location.

At 1:30 this afternoon in San Diego’s courthouse Loren McDonald will hear his fate for molesting a 4-year-old girl. McDonald, a special education teacher, pleaded guilty and is looking at 18-years in prison.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors has a lot on its plate today. Their meeting officially starts at 9:00 and on the docket Oversight of residential care facilities, E-cigarette policies and Farmer’s market regulations.

Then at noon Supervisor Dianne Jacob and D.A. Bonnie Dumanis are giving a press conference about the residential care facility oversight and the proposed reforms.

Before the noon press conference at 10:00 AM the D.A. is talking to the press about thieves that steal medication from real estate open houses and how to prevent it.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council has a busy afternoon ahead of them. On their docket Medical marijuana regulations, Closing the Children’s Pool in La Jolla and a budget increase of 8.75 million dollars to help improve the Torrey Pines Golf Club.

Editorial alert!!

My road is littered with pot holes and the council is seriously looking at increasing the capital projects budget by 8.75 million dollars for a golf course?!?!?!

At 5:00 tonight the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a report that says officials are skeptical the district can meet its financial obligations. The district projects a 2014-2015 budget shortfall of 62.6 million dollars … but they say they have a plan to fix it. One aspect of the plan is an early retirement program … Officials say that could save about 16 million dollars.

San Diego Police Officer’s Association is going to endorse their candidate for city council today at 11:30. A hint Mayor Kevin Faulconer is joining the P.O.A. for this presser. So it’s likely to be a candidate that he likes as well.

And finally today at 8:00 AM the Navy is remembering those lost in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami three years ago today. Rear Admiral Patrick Hall is leading the memorial on board the USS Ronald Reagan. The Reagan participated in the relief effort. 16,000 people died, 2,600 are still missing, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had a partial meltdown … all caused by the magnitude 9 earthquake.

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Southern California Edison is closing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Southern California Edison announces they are “retiring” the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in a press release posted on the company website.

Chairman and COE Ted Craver says “SONGS has served this region for over 40 years … but we have concluded that the continuing uncertainty about when or if SONGS might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors, or the need to plan for our region’s long-term electricity needs.”

Reactors 2 and 3 have been shut down since January 2012. Reactor 2 was taken off line for routine maintenance and reactor 3 was shut when a steam generator malfunctioned.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 1, 2013

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Today is May Day and for San Diego that means immigration activists and labor leaders are taking to the streets this afternoon at 2:00. They will march from San Diego’s Civic Center Plaza in downtown to Chicano Park under the famous Coronado Bridge. The marchers are rallying for immigration reform. At 3:00 PM there is a similarly themed rally in Vista at the Vista Courthouse.

For San Diego politics two big things on the agenda.

First the City Council is starting a review of Mayor Bob Filner’s proposed $2.75 billion budget. The big item of contention is the delay of infrastructure bonds, meaning the city won’t be able to pay for pot holes and other infrastructure things to be fixed.

The second big item on the City Council’s agenda for 2:00 PM is the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee thinking about banning retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. This amendment to the municipal code would make it illegal to buy those pets from pet shops unless that dog, cat, or rabbit comes from a “city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.

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This morning at 11:00 AM the guy that runs the recently raided marijuana collective One on One Patients Association is talking to the press. Kenneth Cole, President of the collective says he is following state and local laws. He will be at the now closed collective at 11:00 AM in downtown San Diego at 923 6th Avenue.

Mayor Bob Filner is trying to get the Olympics to come to San Diego. His idea is to have San Diego and Tijuana host the event in 2024. However the International Olympic Committee says that their rules may prohibit the event to be hosted bi-nationally. But Filner says he is “undaunted”.

Southern California Edison says it is going to consider closing one or both of the reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The UT San Diego reports that in an conference call Edison made the announcement blaming rinsing costs linked to the reactors 15-month long outage.

At 9:00 AM at the San Diego County Office of Education the state Department of Education is continuing to meet about school performance and testing. Local law enforcement is honoring those they have lost in the line of duty today at noon at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

And finally today is the start of National Bike Month. Local leaders including the Mayor are going to a ride bike from 401 B St. to the County Administration Center beginning at 9:00 AM.

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Meeting scheduled to discuss San Onofre restart

Meeting scheduled to discuss San Onofre restart

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onofreSAN ONOFRE, Calif. — U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials are scheduled to meet with Southern California Edison executives Wednesday to discuss proposed license amendments that would allow the utility to restart the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at 70 percent power.

No decision on a restart will be made at the meeting in Rockville, Md., according to the NRC.

Edison’s draft license amendment seeks to change a technical section requiring structural integrity of steam generators from “across the full range of normal operating conditions” to compliance at 70 percent power. It also includes a promise that power would not exceed that amount, which equates to 3,438 megawatts thermal.

Another license section, which currently states that the reactors are allowed to operate at 100 percent power, would be changed to 70 percent power, or 2,406.6 megawatts thermal.

Edison requested that the NRC rule on the proposed amendments by May 24…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 3, 2013

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This morning a mother runs form police with her kids in the car. National City Police tried to pull over the woman with her two pre-teen or teenage children while they drove along East 8th at East Plaza Blvd. in National City. According to police the suspect decided to drive off very fast and she quickly crashed her Dodge van trying to go around a corner. She was taken into custody very quickly and the kids were taken to the hospital

The USS Princeton deploys today and will join the battle group led by the USS Nimitz. The ship and its 400 crew members will be gone for 6-months. At this point it isn’t known if the Princeton and its battle group will be sent to the Korean peninsula or not.

Breath …

Now there’s an app for that. At 10 AM the State Air Resources Board and San Diego County are announcing a new mobile app that will give you air quality information.

Continuing with county news …at 11:00 AM county officials will hold a news conference announcing disaster plans for foster families, group homes, and childcare providers.

This morning at 10 AM the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to talk with Southern California Edison executives about their plans to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

It’ll be web cast at video.nrc.gov

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San Onofre restart may happen without public hearing

San Onofre restart may happen without public hearing

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The operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant might request a license amendment before restarting the plant through an expedited process that would not require public hearings before a restart.

Southern California Edison said Friday that it has requested a meeting with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss the possible license amendment. The NRC has not yet responded.

Also Friday, a special NRC panel heard arguments from Edison and Friends of the Earth, an environmental group that has pushed for the commission to require a license amendment with a full trial-like public hearing process before deciding whether to allow the plant to fire up again.

san-onofre-nuclear-plant-20120315The panel did not rule on the issue Friday, and that proceeding is separate from the one that would take place if Edison submits a license amendment request.

The plant has been out of service for more than a year because of unusual…

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