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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 21, 2014

There isn’t enough evidence to charge 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva with arson, according to the District Attorney. Silva and a 17-year-old were both arrested and suspected of arson during last week’s devastating wild fires. Witnesses say they spotted to people matching their description trying to set two separate fires. The 17-year-old had his detention hearing yesterday but no word on if he is being charged or not.

They were never accused of setting any of the fires that burned 20,000 acres and destroyed several homes. However if new evidence comes to light the DA will vigorously prosecute.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Gore are taking part in a summit about prisoner realignment and what that is going to mean for San Diegans. Prisoner realignment means that the state prisons will send nonviolent offenders to the county and the county is going to decide who to keep and who to release. It has the potential to fill up the county jails. They’ll be at the Jacobs Center on Euclid Ave at 9:00 AM.

San Diego City Council is meeting today. First this morning at 9:00 they are talking about some revision for next year’s budget proposal. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Environment Committee is talking about how to get plastic bags out or watersheds.

Keeping beekeeping in San Diego County is what the Board of Supervisors is talking about this morning at 9:00

Then at 1:00 Civic San Diego Board of Directors is talking about the process of bidding on Horton Plaza projects and the salary of the interim board president.

San Diego Unified School District is showing off some of its students work tonight at 4:00 at Liberty Station’s Conference Center. The students worked with some businesses to create products that solved a problem.

At 8:00 AM the San Diego Zoo is giving the press a sneak peek at the new $19.5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail exhibit. It’s got over five acres filled with rocks, ponds, and trees in three separate spaces for the tigers.

Also at 8:00 Habitat for Humanity is building playhouses to give away to some lucky families.

And finally at 6:00 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is showing videos from 11 finalists in a student videos contest about water conservation. The winner gets their movie shown before this summer’s movies at the Mission Valley and Plaza Bonita AMC Theaters.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 20, 2014

The two teens arrested for arson in the midst of last week’s brush fires are in court today. Authorities arrested 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva and a 17-year-old for allegedly setting two patched of grass on fire. Witnesses say they spotted the pair lighting a fire near South Escondido Boulevard then another fire at Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. The police arrested them on Thursday night. Escondido Police Lieutenant Neal Griffin says there is no evidence linking the suspects to the brush fires that scorched 20,000 acres destroying several homes. The minor is set to have his detention hearing at 8:00 this morning in juvenile court and Silva will be arraigned at 1:30 this afternoon in Vista’s courthouse.

Ratifying the emergency declaration because of last week’s fire is top of the agenda for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this morning at 9:00 AM. They are also looking at a proposal to waive permit fees associated with rebuilding for fire victims, a resolution to replace birth certificates and marriage license, and they’ll be reviewing the e-cigarette regulations.

At 10:30 the Port of San Diego and the city of Imperial Beach are celebrating finishing the refurbishment of the I.B. pier. They replaced about 90 percent of the wooden planks on the pier.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon and expected to ratify Mayor Faulconer’s emergency declaration because of last week’s fires. They’ll also be talking about declaring a water emergency and how to get people to conserve water.

Chula Vista’s City Council is meeting at 2:00 PM also. They are listening to a presentation about next year’s budget and changing the local rules for adult businesses.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce is having a party to announce its new name.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District is honoring its “Classified Employees of the Year”. According the San Diego Unified’ s web site “classified employees are the non-teaching, support personal that include Special Education Assistants, Library Technicians, custodians, office staff and other key employees.”

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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 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 October 9, 2013

The first winter storm is hitting San Diego. It’s going be windy and rainy all over the county today and into tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service winds gusts will reach 65-miles per hour in our mountains and valleys. High profile vehicles, like vans and trucks, should be very careful of the wind. Things are supposed to start to calm down late tonight or tomorrow morning.

Authorities are on the lookout for an arsonist that set a church on fire. At around 8:00 last night firefighters were called to Santa Sophia Catholic Church in Spring Valley. It took them about 10 minutes to put out the non-injury fire and there is no damage estimate yet.

San Diego’s City Council is busy all day today.

First at 9:00 AM the Rules Committee is talking about protecting the city’s retirement system from law suits over health benefits and the military’s economic impact on the city.

Then at 2:00 this afternoon the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is talking about San Diego Police’s staffing issues.

Beekeeping regulations are on the agenda for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this morning at 9:00. They want to make it easier for people to keep bees as a hobby.

This morning is International Walk and Bike to School Day. All across San Diego County kids will be hitting the road to promote how healthy it is for kids to walk to school.

And tonight at 6:00 at the Oceanside Public Library government dysfunction is the topic for a talk by Professor Stephen Nichols.

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