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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 31, 2013

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A man registering as a “former Sexually Violent Predator” or S-V-P is living in downtown San Diego near Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp Quarter. John Kreischer is classified as an S-V-P because of multiple counts of forcible rape in 1977, assault with intent to commit rape in 1981, two counts of kidnapping and attempted rape from 1988 and failing to register as a Sex Offender in 2009. He is living in the Plaza Hotel at 1037 4th Avenue in downtown San Diego. Kreischer is being watched by a G-P-S monitoring system, is in compliance with his registration requirements, and is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.

This morning at 9:00 Rashon Abernathy, Seandell Jones, and Shaquille Jordan will be sentenced for murdering a college student they lured using a Craig’s List ad. The victim thought he was buying a laptop but he and his girlfriend were robbed then following a brief car chase he was shot and killed. Abernathy is looking at 65 years to life … while Jones and Jordan are facing 50 years to life.

The fight between the San Diego Mayor’s office and the Tourism Marketing District Board of Directors is hot again. Yesterday Mayor Bob Filner refused to release funds to the T-M-D because he says “We will issue their money when they hold up their end of the bargain, for example, approving payments to the Balboa Park Centennial.” Today at 9:00 AM the TMD is holding an open door meeting to talk about the funding dispute … they say that TMD employees will have to be laid off unless the Mayor releases the money. The meeting is at the Catamaran Hotel, Aviary Ballroom, 3999 Mission Blvd.

This morning at 10:45 organizers of the Rock n Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon will talk to the media. Topics will include security, race-day closures, and the new route.

And this afternoon at 3:30 Officials from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will talk about awarding James Cameron the 2013 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. The famous filmmaker is being honored for donating an unmanned deep sea diver called “Lander” to the institute. Other prize winners are Walter Cronkite and Jane Goodall. So he’s in very good company.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 9, 2013

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San Diego’s City Council is continuing to examine Mayor Bob Filner’s budget proposal. This morning they examine the pension, Housing Commission, and Civic parts of the budget. This afternoon they look at the Convention Center funding.

In a related story … Just yesterday San Diego’s Independent Budget Analyst said that the Convention Center has over 31 million dollars of backlogged maintenance.

Mayor Filner is meeting with the press today at noon. It’s all part of his regular question-and-answer sessions. He’s open to talking about anything the press wants

At 10:00 this morning California state firefighters will open California Wildfire Awareness Week with a press conference. All week officials from Cal Fire will remind us about being prepared for a wild fire. The statewide series of events ends Saturday

In court this afternoon Tim Lambesis, a former Christian Rock star and current heavy metal’er will be arraigned for trying to hire a hit man to kill his ex-wife.

And this evening the San Diego County Taxpayers Association is hosting its 18th annual Golden awards dinner. They recognize what they see at the best and worst of government spending. The festivities begin at 7:00 PM at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 8, 2013

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San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner is in the news a lot today…

First he announced that former Republican presidential candidate and La Jolla resident Mitt Romney agreed to help with a San Diego/Tijuana Olympic bid. The Mayor hopes that Romney’s experience getting the 2002 Winter Olympics will help with a bi-national bid for the 2024 Olympics. To win the bid the Olympic Organizing Committee will have to change the rule and allow one bid from two countries.

Today at 9:00 Filner’s budget proposal is continuing to be examined. But the controversial part isn’t until this afternoon. The mayor wants to cut City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith’s budget by 1.4 million dollars. Goldsmith and Filner are political rivals. There have been several public scuffles including one time when the Mayor interrupted one of Goldsmith at a press conference … yelling at Goldsmith from the audience. The proposed cuts mean 13 people could lose their jobs.

The sentencing for voice of Charlie Brown is this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. 56-year-old Peter Robbins pleaded guilty to stalking and making criminal threats. His sentence could be anything from probation to over three years in prison. Robbins is the voice of the iconic character for several of the famous Peanuts films including “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Also … In front of the downtown courthouse at 11:00 this morning family of Rabecca Zahau is talking to the press. They want to tell us about their “continuing efforts to identify and hold accountable those responsible for Rebecca’s untimely death.”

And finally today at 10:00 AM doctors from Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego will perform a groundbreaking surgery using magnetic rods to help kids with sever scoliosis. The surgery is only for extreme cases.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 6, 2013

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It is a rainy day in San Diego … sporadic showers and drizzle is making the AM commute a hassle.

Jury selection in the second trial of the man accused of shooting at people on the freeway is today. Stephen Dragasits is accused of shooting at random cars driving along some of San Diego’s freeway injuring a 21-year-old. That begins at 9:00 AM in San Diego’s downtown courthouse.

Also at 9:00 this morning San Diego’s City Council is continuing to review Mayor Bob Filner’s proposed budget. Budget items on the agenda for today are police, fire, libraries, and parks.

This afternoon at 3:30 Sweetwater Union High School District’s first annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math or STEAM Summit starts. They are showing off how student and teacher use iPads in class and in their robotics program. Also showing off is the Mayor’s Cup Cyber Challenge, Visual and Performing Arts projects that use art, music, and technology. It’s all free and open to the public at Otay Ranch High School.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 24, 2013

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Four sexual assaults have police on the lookout this morning.

First police are hunting for a man that assaulted a woman in her Golden Hills home while she slept. According to San Diego Police the victim woke to the man choking her but she was able to fight him of. The suspect is described as a dark skinned man, five foot eight, 160 pounds, with pock marked cheeks, and speaking with an accent. Video shows him driving a light colored 4-door with tinted windows and polished rimes.

Two other women are assaulted in separate incidents on campus at San Diego State University. The first is described as being six feet talk, mid-thirties, with square rimmed glasses and a black and red hooded windbreaker, driving a four door gray truck. The second tall Asian man, mid-twenties, spiked hair, light colored jeans, white shirt, black glasses, driving a four door BMW or Volkswagen.

And at University of California at San Diego a woman is groped. Police describe the suspect as an Asian male, five foot six, short black hair, wearing a backward ball cap and khakis.

Anyone with any information on any of these assaults should call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477

San Diego’s City Council is meeting today. Two things of note on the agenda. First this morning at 9:00 the mid-year performance report from the Convention Center. File that under boring but important. Second at 1:30 this afternoon zoning amendments for breweries that want tasting rooms and restaurants slash cafes that want sidewalk dining.

The sidewalk dining is the one getting the most attention. The proposed zoning changes are for one row of tables, cannot be more than four feet six inches away from the building, leave a 3 foot path for walking, no barriers, no tables after 10 at night except for Friday and Saturday then its 11 PM, and smaller restaurants will be able to put a couple tables out however they’ll have to pay fees close to $10,000 dollars and that’s before construction costs.

The County Board of Supervisors is meeting today they are talking about zoning for the general plan and approving some playground improvements.

The new California State University Chancellor Timothy White is talking to the public in a forum this afternoon at 3:00 on campus at San Diego State University. Then at 4:00 he’s going to talk with the press in the Fowler Athletics Building.

At 6:00 PM San Diego’s Park and Rec Balboa Park Committee is meeting and Mayor Bob Filner is presenting his transportation plan for the park.

And finally at 6:30 tonight the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are starting its 5-days of protests at the UniverSoul Circus. The circus is performing at Qualcomm Stadium this week.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 16, 2013

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San Diegans are reacting to the Boston Marathon Bombing.

In a KSWB FOX5 story Jason Sloss talked to Ray Barrios, a San Diego man that had just finished the marathon and was being treated for dehydration when the blasts when off. In the story Barrios says “I just figured it was a power line or something that exploded. I really didn’t think much of it – didn’t have a reason to believe anything suspicious or bad happening,”

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released a statement saying “What happened in Boston today is deplorable and heart-breaking. The City of San Diego weeps with the people of Boston and we stand with you in a nationwide desire and resolve to find a solution to keep random, violent tragedy from striking. Enough is enough.”

Locally San Diego Police, Sheriff, and the airport are not ramping up security but the personnel that is out is practicing a heightened awareness.

Today at San Diego’s City Hall Mayor Filner is going to officially propose his budget for this coming fiscal year. He presented his $2.75 billion budget to the media in it he has $1.2 billion going to the general fund.

On the controversial side Filner is cutting his political rival City Attorney Jan Goldsmith office budget by $1.4 Million. City Council President Todd Glorria describes the cuts as “curious [and] unlikely to be implemented as proposed.”

At 4:30 PM this evening gun control activists are going to rally at Congressman Darrell Issa‘s office. The activists will be submitting petitions in favor of increased background checks for gun buyer. Issa’s office is at 1800 Thibodo Road in the Northern San Diego County city Vista.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 15, 2013

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 15, 2013

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San Diego’s City Council is going to try to override Mayor Bob Filner’s veto of the Tourism Marketing District agreement this afternoon. The Tourism Marketing District or T-M-D hit the media spot light when Mayor Filner decides it was a bad deal for San Diego. The T-M-D uses a 2% hotel surcharge to produce and run ads promoting San Diego as a tourist destination. Filner thinks the money should be used for other things. Six votes of the nine City Council votes are needed to override the veto.

Mayor Filner is also going to release his budget proposal for this fiscal year at a 9:00 AM press conference.

In court this afternoon Elizabeth Ann Masters is being sentenced for stealing almost $6 million dollars from her former employer. The 45-year-old forged hundreds of payroll checks and then fled to New Mexico where she was arrested last June. Reportedly she used here ill-gotten gain to buy a ranch with many horses then she swindled other people out of more money by telling them she had cancer and needed the donations to take care of her horses.

San Diego’s mountains and deserts are under a high wind warning today. The National Weather Service says that winds from 25 to 35 mild per hour with the occasional gust of 60 – 75 miles an hour will scour the east county today. Blowing dust will lower visibility in some areas making driving difficult. Off shore seas are expected to be rough and choppy with the wind gusting up to 30 knots … that’s about 34 mild per hour … a small craft warning is in effect.

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