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Temporary Fire Station Coming To San Diego’s Skyline Area

A temporary fire station will soon open in the Skyline area of San Diego, which suffers from slow response times.

The $400,000 station, which is slated to open in April, will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood. Construction for the temporary station began on Monday.

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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 May 16, 2014

Last night Escondido Police announced the arrest of two people for arson. A 17-year-old boy whose name is being withheld and 19-year-old Isaiah Silva are in custody for allegedly setting at least two fires. A witness called police reportedly while watching two people matching the suspect’s description in the south Escondido Boulevard area start a fire at around 6:30 PM last night. The witness put the fire out.

Then at around 7:30 another person called saying they were watching the two people matching the suspect’s description trying to start a fire near Kit Carson Park. That witness chased the suspects. Police caught the two suspects a short time later.

Wild fire still burn in San Diego County this morning. At one point there were nine active fires. This morning the firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The National Weather Service lifted its Red Flag Warning. While it is still hot the winds are much weaker today.

This morning the Cocos Fire in San Marcos is still burning and is only 5 percent contained. According to Cal Fire it has scorched 1200 acres and three homes were lost. But this fire too is weakening. Some of the evacuation orders have been lifted and I expect that the fire’s containment number will go up after sunrise when firefighters are able to make a new assessment. For info on the evacuations go to http://www.sdcountyemergency.com .

The Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad is 85 percent contained. This fire destroyed many homes including on 18-unit complex. Damage at this time is estimated at $22.5 million.
Authorities are still looking into the cause and have set up a hot line for tips. Call (760) 602-7599 if you have any info into how the Poinsettia fire was started.

Almost all the schools in North County are closed today. Go to the San Diego County Office of Education’s web site for more info.

Other things happening today besides fire. San Diego County Courts are still open. There are three sentencings of note

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 am Kevin Kelso a former Westin San Diego executive is being sentenced for embezzling over $500-thousand dollars.

Tim Lambesis the Christian rock singer who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife will hear his fate at 10:30 AM in vista’s courthouse.

And at 1:30 this afternoon Garrett Sparks is being sentenced for gross negligence because he caused a head-on collision and killed a 74-year-old man.

And finally this morning at 9:00 graduation ceremonies begin at San Diego State University for about 9,300 students.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 14, 2014

Hundreds of acres burned and thousands of San Diegans evacuated to safety as hot dry Santa Anna winds fuel a fire dangerously close to homes. Late last night the evacuation orders were lifted and people were allowed to return to their homes. However the fire, called the Bernardo Fire, is still only 5% contained. Yesterday Poway Unified School District administrators evacuated students from Del Sur, Stone Ranch and Willow Grove elementary schools Students at Del Norte High School and at Oak Valley middle school stayed in classrooms as precautions. However as of this morning all schools in the Poway Unified School District are open.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Javier Mainar says “It is unusual in May to have wind-driven fires like this that are such a challenge to contain”

As the morning comes the atmosphere will warm up and winds are expected to grow in speed. Today the National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to top 100 and wind speeds to gust as fast as 65-miles-per-hour. We will get an update on the fire as soon as the sun comes up.

This morning at University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice is hosting a forum on energy and climate change. Participating are speakers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Center for Sustainable Energy, California Independent System Operator, California Air Resources Board, General Atomics, Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas and Electric, Climate Action Reserve and the University of San Diego Center for Sustainability.

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is meeting at 9:00 about a report on the city parks and modernization of the border crossing.

At 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Anargyros Karabournitois is being arraigned and accused of trying to mark cards at the Barona Casino.

Then in Vista’s courthouse also at 1:30 Luis Bolanos is being sentenced for bringing a gun to Palomar College then telling Sheriff’s Deputies he wanted to get into a shootout.

This evening at 5:30 the fundraiser “Eat. Drink. Read.” is raising money for the San Diego Council on Literacy.

And finally at 6:00 PM San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about the cameras that SDPD officers are going to start wearing. They’ll be at Cherokee Point Elementary School.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 17, 2014

A guided missile cruiser and guided missile destroyer are coming home to Naval Base San Diego this morning after 9:00 AM. The USS Cowpens, the cruiser, and its 400 crew left in September to help with relief efforts in the Philippines following the Typhoon. The destroyer USS Spruance and its 260 member crew left San Diego in October for their maiden deployment. They spent time patrolling the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse 26-year-old Richard Christopher Butts will hear his fate for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Ocean Beach. The two separate attacks happened with in a seven-month time span.

Butts assaulted a woman in her mid-twenties as she walked home from a friend’s house. Then he kidnapped and raped another woman. In testimony one of his victims says that Butts punched her twice from behind, drug her away and tried to rape her. Witnesses say they heard her screaming quote “Please stop! Don’t do this!” Reportedly Butts will get 30-year to life in prison as part of a plea deal.

This afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego Opera’s Board of Directors is meeting at the Hyatt La Jolla Aventine to try and keep the opera afloat. Then at 4:00 supporters of the opera are hosting a public meeting in the Copper Room of City Hall. Last month the Board of Directors voted to close the Opera saying they just don’t have the money. But then the critics came out saying the Board is paid exuberantly and is plagued with other financial problems that if fixed could keep the opera afloat. Also some performers filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the opera to the arbitration table over their unpaid contracts.

This morning at 8:30 the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless is releasing its annual Point-In-Time homeless count at a press conference at the United Way’s Murphy Canyon building. Last year they counted 8,879 homeless people (that’s down 7.9% from the year before) 75% were men, 69% had been on the streets for over a year and 15% were veterans. It’ll be interesting to see what changes for this year.

At 10 AM the media is getting to ride in a Vietnam War-era swift boat thanks to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Veterans that worked on the boats will also be on hand to share their stories.

Allowing drivers to access info that their cars computers collect is what several mechanics and consumer advocates want. They’re talking to the press about that at 10:30 this morning at John’s Automotive Care on Riverdale Street.

At 11:30 AM courageous officers and citizens are being honored by California State Attorney General Kamala Harris.

At noon Washington Middle School is unveiling its new aquatic fitness gear they bought with a $22,000 dollar grant from the Chargers.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 at the San Diego Firehouse Museum former Fire Capitan Frank Baron is celebrating his 100th birthday. Frank first joined the San Diego fire department in 1941 and served for 25-years.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 14, 2014

Early this morning at 12:42 San Diego Fire Dispatchers got several called about several fires in the Grant Hill and Logan Heights neighborhoods. Turns out there were around 7 fires all in fires in trash cans, planters and tree fires all near 28th, 29th and 30th street between the 94 freeway and Commercial St. No one was hurt, no homes were damaged, no arrests have been made yet and investigators are working it.

The National Weather Service says that high winds with gusts up to 60-miles-per-hour are possible near San Diego’s coastal foothills today. They say to watch out for broken tree limbs and other debris falling into the streets.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is presenting his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to the city council this afternoon. But before that at 12:30 he’s talking to the press about it.

The nearly three billion dollar budget proposal includes $300 million dollars for quote “capital projects”. That stuff like fixing sidewalks, streetlights, fire stations and storm drains.

The Mayor wants to increase that kind of infrastructure spending by 66 percent. Then the City Council is going to pour over the budget proposal and make the changes they want. They need to approve the budget by June and it’ll take effect on July 1st.

The City Council is meeting about more than just Faulconer’s budget proposal this afternoon. At 2:00 they are also looking at possibly revising the Purchasing and Contracting dollar amounts that require council approval and the city’s undergrounding program. The undergrounding program is about the city moving power, phone and other overhead cables underground.

And finally at 7:00 paleoclimatologist Jeffrey Severinghous is talking about climactic history at the Birch Aquarium. He did his research buy drilling thousands of feet into ice sheets and analyzing the layers. I wonder what he has to say about climate change.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 19, 2014

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department puts 43-people in custody yesterday in a daylong sweep targeting offenders released from prison because of over-crowding. During the sweep deputies went to 24-homes, riverbeds, even a trolley station in the East San Diego County cities of Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon. Most of those arrested were released from prison because of overcrowding and supposed to be under supervision.

This morning at 9:00 San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting and getting an update on how often people are renting the new central library’s facilities. Library Director Deborah Barrow is going to tell the committee that since the library opened they’ve had and booked tons of events. Ranging from weddings, luncheons, concerts, bar and bat mitzvahs, and of course even author talks. She says they’ve made $41,000 so far and she’s anticipating $100,000 by the end of the year.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about possibly giving San Diego Police Officers cameras to record them on duty.

San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is hosting a special Meet the Mayor luncheon for business and community leaders. All the big wigs will be rubbing elbows at the Sheraton San Diego on Harbor Island Drive at 11:30 AM.

Some of San Diego Counties Mayors are volunteering for Meals on Wheels in the annual Mayors-for-Meals-Day. At 12:30 Chula Vista’s Mayor Cheryl Cox will be at the Norman Park Senior Center.

Two charitable events today

First the San Diego County Employees Charitable Organization is distributing money to 93 nonprofits at their annual awards breakfast this morning at 7:30 in the Central Library.

And at 11:00 AM San Diego Gas and Electric is starting its annual Environmental Champions initiative. They’re giving away $1,000,000 to several San Diego nonprofits that encourage young people to take care of the environment.

At 10:00 AM San Diego Mesa College is opening its new $109 million dollar 206,000-square-foot math and science complex. It’s got new labs, a greenhouse, and space for biology, chemistry, science, and math programs.

In court at 1:30 Abel Martinez is being arraigned in El Cajon’s courthouse. He’s accused of sneaking into a house his ex-girlfriend was staying at and killing her current boyfriend and shooting her.

And finally tonight at 6:00 San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar are talking at the welcoming reception for the American Society of Industrial Security International’s regional meeting. ASIS International is a security training and certification company.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 6, 2014

Police are asking everyone to keep their eyes out for a missing disabled 49-year-old man. Charles Ahnger has Down syndrome, early onset dementia, and limited ability to communicate. Ahnger went missing while on a day trip to Fashion Valley Mall with his social worker and other challenged adults. Police say that it’s possible he got on a bus and just rode away. Ahnger is a white male, five feet tall, 188 pounds, brown hair and eyes. Anyone with any info please call San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000.

This morning at 8:00 the San Diego 2024 Summer Olympic Exploratory Committee’s President Bill Earley and Chairman Vincent Mudd are meeting with a local group that encourages minorities to be leaders called LEAD San Diego. They’ll be in the End Zone Club at Qualcomm Stadium.

Among the issues they’re talking about …

What is being done to ensure that we meet the technical requirements?

What we can expect hosting the Olympics to do for our region?

How can we pay for it?

it is open to the public and if you want to go call 619-280-5323 to R-S-V-P

At 8:00 AM 20-years of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA is the topic at the Sanford Consortium Auditorium on Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. Some of the people speaking at the event are Janet Napolitano, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan.

At 9:30 this morning the Center on Policy Initiatives is releasing its report about how much it costs for a family to make ends meet in San Diego.

At 10:30 AM newly inaugurated Mayor Kevin Faulconer is having his first press conference. He’s talking about how to archive old city’s emails, a visit to Tijuana, and he’s introducing his communications team.

This afternoon at 2:00 protesters are rallying for a raise in the minimum wage. The group called the Coalition for Labor and Community Solidarity is targeting McDonald’s restaurants across the country. In San Diego they’ll be at 1260 Park Avenue

In court today

Disgraced former San Diego Police officer Anthony Arevalos is asking to be released pending his appeal at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s courthouse. Arevalos was convicted of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops. Just last month he had two counts overturned because some evidence wasn’t given to the defense.

Then at 1:30 in Vista’s courthouse Michael Young is being arraigned for beating his brother to death. Two fundraisers tonight …

First at 5:30 raising money for disadvantaged and at-risk youth is the goal at the 44th annual Barrio Station benefit dinner.

And second Employment and Community Options is hosting “Taste of Our Community” to raise money to help the disabled get jobs and live independently.

Today is the first day for the 8th Annual San Diego FIRST® Robotics Competition at the Valley View Casino Center.

High school’ers from all over the world will test their robots in some unusual and interesting ways. First thing from 8:00 AM till noon the robots are inspected then they get to practice the rest of the afternoon.

And finally tonight at 7:00 it’s the first San Diego Film Awards. Filmmakers, cast and crew are crowding into the Horton Grand Theater to honor each other’s work.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 17, 2014

It’s Presidents Day and government offices are closed all over San Diego County. But there are some openings for your day off. If you’re taking the day to clean out your garage the Miramar Landfill is open for its regular hours form 7:00 AM to 4:30. And Chollas Lake, the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center, and municipal golf courses will be open. However the golf courses are open for their holiday hours and prices. Parking meters are free today. And buses and trolleys are running on their Saturday schedule.

This morning at 8:00 AM the annual Firehouse World Conference starts its four-day run. Firefighters from all over the country and world are at the San Diego Convention Center. They get to learn all about new firefighting technology, along with the cutting edge training, and firefighting gear exhibits.

At 10:00 AM a new Veterans Administration residential rehab center is opening. The Aspire Center will be in the old Thomas Jefferson School of Law building on San Diego Ave.

It’s Pirate Family Fun Day at Balboa Park’s Natural History Museum starting at 10:00 AM.

And finally this afternoon at 1:30 at the Oceanside Fire Department Station on Ditmat Street a family will be reunited with the medics that saved their newborn son. He was born five weeks early, not breathing, without vital signs in the back of an ambulance, and the medics saved him. Zavier Stephan Morgan Pestana Now two months old was given his two middle names in honor of the two medics that saved him.

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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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