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Balboa Park To Host Art, Science Festival

A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, or STEAM., is on tap this Sunday in Balboa Park.

Organizers expect more than 10,000 people at Balboa Park’s seventh annual STEAM Day.

Free STEAM-themed crafts will line the park’s Prado. And the museums will admit kids under 12 for no charge if they are with a paid adult.

Ashanti Davis from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center said people forget that science can be stranger than art.

“These things are weird, there are parts of them that are involved in everything that we do and there are parts that are very strange and bizarre,” Davis said. “And we want to know more because we want to know where its going and where its going to take us next.”

Angela Bacon from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum said they hope the event brings joy to science education.

“Because a lot of time when kids think about science and math all they think about is statistics and numbers and it might drag them down a little,” Bacon said. “And this is a fun way to engage people and to learn that science and math can be fun.“

To see the complete list of all that’s going on for everyone at STEAM Day, go to balboapark.org/STEAMday.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 7, 2014

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner is off of house arrest today. He finished his 90-day long in home sentence and reportedly got his GPS monitoring device off too. The 71-year-old pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery last August. Now he’s got three years of probation and a $1500 fine. Although after 18-months he can apply to have his probation reduced. He can also ask to have his felony reduced to a misdemeanor.

San Diego’s city council is busy today

Fist at 9:00 AM the council’s Audit Committee is getting together to talk about an audit of Balboa Park Celebration Incorporated. The group was created to run the centennial celebration of Balboa Park but now is in the process of disbanding. Everyone wants to know how they spent the $2.6 million they got from the city.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the council is picking the person to fill Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s old council seat. After Faulconer won the mayoral election he left his seat on the council open and the rest of the city council gets to pick who replaces him. 20 people want the job. Today they each candidate will get three minutes to tell the council why they should fill Faulconer’s seat.

At 3:30 this afternoon San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission is meeting about an amendment to the city charter that could change how the pay of city council members is determined.

And finally tonight at 5:30 law enforcement is honoring crime victims at their 25th annual Candlelight Tribute for Crime Survivors. They’ll be at the San Diego Police Officers Association offices on Vickers Street in Kearny Mesa.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 28, 2014

Reviving the Balboa Park centennial celebration is what San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria are talking about today at 11:00 AM. The original plan put forth by former and disgraced mayor Bob Filner was canceled and the committee officially disbanded. It cost the city $2.6 million to create the committee and for them to do whatever it was they did. Many want to know where that money went; the council has requested an audit.

That aside … Faulconer and Gloria want to bring back the party but a scaled down version. Now that the city is involved again many think that corporate investment will come and the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park in 2015 will be a success.

Todd Gloria says “You can’t lose sight of the fact that our park institutions have been doing incredible work over a long period of time, with the help of the centennial group, to pull together some blockbuster presentations for 2015”

San Diego Association of Governments has a busy day today.

First at 9:00 AM the Board of Directors is meeting about a draft budget for the coming fiscal year, and buying some land for the Inland Rail Trail Project. The Inland Rail Trail Project is a proposed bike path linking train stations from San Marcos to Vista in San Diego’s North Eastern County.

Then at 12:30 this afternoon 20 elected politicians from Mexico are meeting at the SANDAG offices to talk border infrastructure. Many of the politicos are from Tijuana, Rosarito, and Tecate.

San Diego health care providers are announcing their plan to fight prescription drug abuse at 10:30 this morning at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers on Genesee Avenue.

Security guards are tossing their hat into the income inequality debate today at 11:00 AM. In a town hall like event at 4001 El Cajon Blvd representatives from Service Employees International Union will make their case for higher pay. SEIU says that paying the guards more will “inject $244 million into the local economy”. San Diego City Councilmembers Sherri Lightner, Todd Gloria, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez are all slated to be there as well.

One arraignment and two sentencings today all at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse.

Joseph Arthur Robinson is being arraigned and accused of shooting a man in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Maria Lusia Garcia, a 35-year-old mother of 10, is being sentenced for child abuse. She was convicted of felony child abuse and pleaded guilty to unlawful corporal punishment. She’s looking at up to six years in prison.

Johnnie Edwards and Mautofu Maiava convicted of robbing several people at a house party in San Marcos will also hear their fate this afternoon.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame is having its 13th annual induction ceremony. Barrio Logan activist Rachel Ortiz and interim director of the Joan B. Kroc Center Peace and Justice Dianne Lee Aker are among the inductees.

And finally tonight at 9:00 Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 is screening “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero” Before the movie the night club the Stingaree is hosting a cocktail party at 6:00.

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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 Friday December 27, 2013

At 10:30 this morning Interim Mayor Todd Gloria along and Caltrans representatives are talking to the press about making the Laurel Street bridge into Balboa Park pedestrian only.

Then at 11:00 AM near the ice rink at Horton Plaza a signature-gathering effort is starting to get rid of a one point five percent fee on new construction in San Diego. Money from the fee is used to build affordable housing. The fee was restored to its original one point five percent by a five to four city council vote. It was halved in 1996. Now developers want to take the issue to the voters. They say it amounts to a jobs tax and will hurt San Diego’s economy. While propionates say that’s an overreaction and the money is needed for affordable housing.

Finally at 8:00 tonight California’s Office of Traffic Safety is starting an anti-drunk driving campaign. They are offering free non-alcoholic drinks to drivers at participating bars.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for August 15, 2013

San Diego’s City Council may potentially take some of Mayor Bob Filner’s responsibilities away from him. Members from the council are thinking about taking the intergovernmental relations job from him. According to City Council President Todd Gloria the mayor canceled the cities contracts with San Diego’s lobbyists in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

Gloria sent a memorandum to Filner saying “Sadly, eight months have passed without any substantive public action on your part, and the city remains without a voice in our state and national capitols…”

Gloria says he will go to D.C. in September to advocate for the city.

As a side bar Gloria’s term as a city councilman max out and this is his last term on the council. He has expressed interest in a congressional run.
South Bay Expressway toll violators have until the end of business today to get a discounted rate on the fines they owe. Since July 15th the San Diego Association of Governments has been accepting tolls fines at a much reduced rate So if you’ve got a fine call (619) 661-7070

This morning at 10:00 San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria is going to announce the expansion of Wi-Fi in Balboa Park. So now visitors will be able to update Facebook, twitter, or send an email from more places in the park.

And finally tonight at 7:00 the Women’s Museum of California is talking about women in the comic and gaming industries. It’s called “Wonder Women: On Paper and Off”

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