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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 6, 2013

Early this morning California Highway Patrol issued Amber Alert for a 22-year-old Turkish man and a one-month-old baby. Last night at 11:55 Sunnyvale Police Department detected the suspect’s cell phone in the San Diego neighborhood of Kearney Mesa. The suspect is named Mesut Guler. He is of Turkish origin, 6 feet tall, 120 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes. Guler was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy with a large American eagle on the rear window license plate 6HIL892. The victim is one-month-old Henry Guler Romero

The National Weather Service says that because of low humidity and wind San Diego County is at a higher than normal risk for wild fires. Winds will gust up to 40 miles per hour, temps will reach the low 80’s is some areas, and very low humidity all come together to create the dangerous situation.

San Diego City Council is looking at a busy day ahead.

First thing at 9:00 AM the Rules and Economic Development Committee is meeting about the port, the bi-national affairs office, and the proposed open data policy.

Then in the afternoon at 2:00 the Natural Resources and Culture Committee is talking about the Balboa Park centennial calibration, the zero waste proposal, and the city’s climate plan.

In-between all of that at around 10:30 the Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and other city politicos are presenting a new energy and sustainability goal for Balboa Park. They want more of the park’s buildings to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as leaders in the green building movement.

At 9:00 Am the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is getting together to talk about land issues, like airport leases.

Also 9:00 this morning at the Camacho Recreation Center in National City more than 1,100 children from South Bay will get free eye exams from a team at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Two major emergency drills this evening.

First at 4:00 PM crews are participating in a simulated 6.6-magnatude earthquake drill. They’ll practice using heavy equipment to rescue victims from ruble set up at the Regional Public Safety Training Institute on Harbor Drive.

Then at 10:00 tonight other emergency crews are participating in a simulated trolley derailment near San Diego State University.

And finally tonight at 6:00 in the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre … a mayoral candidate form about the complicated issues facing San Diego’s Latino community.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 26, 2013

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After years of legal fighting the U. S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on California’s Proposition 8 today. Prop 8 is a voter-approved measure that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. However just because the voters approve something doesn’t mean it can become law. It still must be consistent with the U. S. Constitution. If the court says prop 8 is unconstitutional then this decision could have national impact. San Diego’s L G B T community is rallying tonight in Hillcrest at 5:00 in support of marriage equality.

We’re all over the county for court today.

In El Cajon’s courthouse this morning at 8:30 Gary Allen Thomas will be sentenced for beating his 94-year-old neighbor to death with a hammer. 64-year-old Thomas bludgeoned the woman while she slept. Originally he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but later changed his plea to guilty. He will be sentenced to 26-years to life in prison.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse this afternoon Mandel A. Watson will learn his sentence. Watson pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap two girls just before he was stopped when he was hit by a car.

Also this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s Superior Court Nelson Drake will be arraigned. Drake, a Canadian citizen, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was in San Diego for a convention.

San Diego’s political machine is running at full throttle today.

First thing this morning at 9:00 the San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting and expected to approve a five-year banking contract with Bank of America and Citibank.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Council’s Public Safety committee is meeting about a report on firefighter attrition and retention.

At 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is talking about reducing microbrewery and cheese-making regulations.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Civic San Diego Board of Directors is going to look at changing the parking meter hour’s downtown. Now parking meters are enforced from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every day except for Sundays and holidays. The proposal is to shift the hours to 10:00 am until 8:00 PM every day except for Sundays and holidays.

And finally tonight at 7:30 Republican Carl DeMaio is kicking off his congressional campaign at a fundraiser. DeMaio hopes to be the republican nominee to go up against Democrat Scott Peters in about 2 years’ time.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 18, 2013

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San Diego’s first Red Flag Warning of the season is in effect. A dangerous weather cocktail of gusty winds, low humidity, and high temperatures are why the National Weather Service in San Diego issued the warning. The warning is in effect until 5:00 PM Friday.

San Diego County’s Health and Human Services is investigating two confirmed and two possible cases of meningococcal disease. Commonly known as meningitis. A 22-year-old man hospitalized on April 9th died from the disses and a 47-year-old man is still in the hospital. The disease is spread through close contact like sharing a drinking glass or kissing. Symptoms include fever, headache, lethargy, stiff neck and a rash. Health Officials say if you’ve had close contact with an infected person to seek medical treatment.

This morning at 6am Goodwill Industries and Kaiser Permantente are hosting an e-waste recycling event. If you have any old electronics you can take them to 4405 Vandever Ave.

At 10:00 AM University of California at San Diego students are going to sort through a thousand pounds of trash to show how most garbage still has many things in it that can be recycled.

And at 1:00 PM in Bonita Cove the San Diego Triathlon is having its pre-race expo. No word yet on any enhanced security because of the Boston Marathon bombing. The woman’s race is on Friday and the men Saturday.

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San Diego’s First Fire Academy in Years

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These are pictures from the first San Diego Fire Academy graduation in several years.

The SDGD has had a hireling freeze … Looks like positive change is in the wind for the department.