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San Diego Unified, Union Declare Contract Negotiation Impasse

After 10 months of labor negotiations, San Diego Unified School District and its teachers union declared an impasse.

In a statement, Superintendent Cindy Martin said they have “reached tentative agreements on nearly all issues including adding more counselors, nurses and special education support; increasing time for teacher preparation; maintaining benefits; and supporting consistent Visiting Teacher coverage. There are still a few areas where we have been unable to reach agreement.”

Lower class size and pay are the two sticking points — two of the most expensive issues.

The district can’t afford to pay teachers what they are asking for, Martin said.

“It does come down to money when you’re at the very end of the negotiations,” Martin said. ”We have mutually declared an impasse, which is simply another step in the bargaining process.“

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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 7, 2014

Brazen robbery at the WalMart on College Avenue has police on the lookout. Last night at 10:00 the robber walked up to a clerk, pulled a gun out and fired three shots into the ceiling all while demanding cash. The store was open but none of the customers or employees were hurt. The suspect fled in a silver Mustang. He is described as a black man, 30’ish, heavy set, about 5 foot 8 inches, with some facial hair and maybe dreadlocks.

Today is a heavy court day.

First thing this morning at 8:30 former San Diego police officer Christopher Hays is set to be arraigned 30-year-old Hays is accused of felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor sexual battery. Three women say that Hays groped them and made them do things for him after he searched them.

Then this afternoon at 1:30 there are three arraignments and a sentencing. In El Cajon’s courthouse Latif Raimo is hearing his fate for trying to shoot at two people he was having some sort of conflict with missing them and hitting a mother with her child.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Kevin Earl Moore is being arraigned and accused of being under the influence of a drug when he crashed and killed an 89-year-old pedestrian.

In San Diego’s courthouse three employees from Three Frogs tree-trimming company are being arraigned for safety violations stemming from the death of a fellow tree trimmer last year.

In Vista’s courthouse 20-year-old Joseph Larry Flores will be arraigned. He’s accused of stabbing another young man in a fight.

At 9:00 AM San Diego City Council continues its hearings about the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Today they are talking about parks, libraries and economic development.

And finally today at the Western end of the County Administration building on 1600 Pacific Highway at noon the San Diego County law enforcement Memorial Foundation is honoring officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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San Diego AM Briefing BowersDesk.com 5-7-14:
WalMart robbery shots fired – suspect on the lose
ex-SDPD arraignment
City Council budget examination
Honoring fallen officer

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 29, 2014

Hot temperatures are going to fry San Diego County over the next three days and powerful winds will scour the East County. Today we’re expecting to hit 88 degrees along the coast breaking the last record of 86. Winds are going to gust at over 85-miles-per-hour according to the National Weather Service. At this point there isn’t a high fire danger warning but that could change. San Diego County does have several “Cool Zones” across the county. To check out the list just Google “San Diego County Cool Zones”.

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 AM. They are going to talk about raising building permit fees to help pay for fire protection in the unincorporated parts of the county. They want to raise the fee from 47 cents per square foot to 52.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 10:00 AM and on the agenda is the Black Mountain Open Space Park plan.

Also at 10:00 this morning San Diego County Water Authority is launching their water conservation campaign at the San Vicente Dam.

This afternoon at 1:15 Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Mark Kersey, Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, Councilman Scott Sherman and a pothole Repair Crew are talking to the press about the mayors infrastructure projects funding in the new city budget. Faulconer is calling his budget the “One San Diego” budget and repairing pothole is a big part of it. They’ll be at 30th Street and Date Street filling in some potholes.

Tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about the 2015-2016 budget. There is a proposal to have that budget drafted when the 2014-2015 budget is adopted. It’s supposed to force the district to plan long term. You know not spend this year at the expense of next.

Two sentencings of note this afternoon both in El Cajon’s courthouse.

In Department 11 James Solak is being sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing copper wire from multiple schools and businesses

Then in Department 2 Blaine Anthony Arellano will hear his fate for assaulting his roommate, forcing her to stab him.

And finally at 10:00 AM 16 finalist are competing for $70,000 at the University of San Diego’s fourth annual Social Innovation Challenge. The contest between San Diego college students is to come up with a solution for one of the world’s economic, environmental or social problems.

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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 December 9, 2013

San Diego’s infamous former mayor Bob Filner will officially be sentenced this morning at 9:00. 71-year-old Filner pled guilty to grabbing and fondling three women while in office. Reportedly he’s going to be on probation for three years and spend three months in home confinement. Officially he is guilty of one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. If he violates the terms of his probation Filner could spend six-months in jail. KSWB FOX5 plans to carry the sentencing live.

San Diego’s City Council is busy today. First at 9:00 AM the Infrastructure Committee is meeting about a report on our sidewalks. Then at 2:00 PM the whole council is meeting and on the agenda; San Diego’s five-year financial outlook and the first quarter budget report.

This afternoon at 3:30 salaries for San Diego’s City Council member and Mayor are top of the agenda for the City of San Diego Salary Setting Commission.

San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and Lorie Zapf are talking to the press about creating a citywide bicycle network and the 45 recommendations from the Water Policy Implementation Task Force at 10:00 AM.

And finally at 11:00 AM many of San Diego’s law enforcement agencies are coming together to release their annual marijuana eradication campaign results. They focused on indoor grow operations and hash-oil extractions that caused explosions.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 1, 2013

Today many San Diego Federal employees whose jobs are deemed non-essential are off of work. The federal government’s shut down will affect many San Diegans who work on our military bases and for the federal government in a myriad of ways.

Also California’s health care exchange starts today. Health care officials will talk to the press at 10:00 AM about Covered California the state’s healthcare market place. Lines are drawn and everyone is wondering how long this show down will go on.

Two meetings for the California Public Utilities Commission are set for today, first at 2:00 PM then tonight at 6:00. The commission will talk about how the rates consumers pay will be affected by the closing of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The meetings are open to the public and anyone that wants to talk should arrive at the Abahr Shriners Building at 5440 Kearny Mesa Road a half an hour before each meeting.

Superior Court arraignment for 40-year-old Angelo Fabiani is at 1:30 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. Fabiani is accused of wrecking his car on the freeway and then running away leaving his hurt and bleeding 4-year-old son behind. The 4-year-old was later declared brain dead.

A few local political things going on.

First at 10:00 AM San Diego’s City Council is meeting about some changes to the labor deal with the city’s unions.

Then Coronado’s City Council will meet at 4:00 this afternoon about a secondhand smoke ordinance

And last at 5:00 tonight The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is getting together to talk about some new charter schools and the school police employment contract.

And finally today is the start of Free Museum Month for children. Children under 12 get into San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, all the museums in Balboa Park, and even Legoland all month for the annual event. The kids can also get a free surf lesson from Surf Diva School in La Jolla. For more info Google “San Diego Free Museum Month” it’s the first link.

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