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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 10, 2014

A San Diego Police officer is behind bars and accused of groping female suspects. 30-year-old Officer Christopher Hays turned himself in at around 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Hays was booked on two counts of felony false imprisonment and three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. According to San Diego Police Hays could face 7 1/2 years in prison.

San Diego’s City Council is talking about an Open Data amendment to the City Charter this afternoon at 2:00. The plan is meant to give better public access to the city’s information. If enacted it will require periodic reviews of city policies that restrict access and force the City Council to openly support these limitations on access. The amendment was introduced by Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez. However Councilman and mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer supports it as well.

Also on the council’s docket this afternoon is the Barrio Logan zoning plan. This is a divisive issue for the mayoral election. Alvarez is supporting the new zoning rules … he says it’s what the residents of Barrio Logan want. While Faulconer doesn’t think the plan is right for the port businesses in Barrio Logan and could cost San Diego jobs.

Today is the last day of campaigning before tomorrow’s special San Diego mayoral election. Both the candidates are out for their final push. David Alvarez is talking to voters while riding the trolley’s Orange and Blue Lines this morning starting at 6:00 AM. Kevin Faulconer is waving at morning commuters from the corner of Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz Boulevard.

At 11:00 AM San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officially opens a new station in Rancho San Diego. The new 27,000-square-foot station cost 17.5 million dollars and will be home to just about 100 employees.

And finally tonight at 5:30 Reverend Dennis Morgan Brown is reenacting speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Oceanside Public Library. It’s all in honor of Black History Month.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 22, 2014

A self-styled “Campaign Guru” is accused of funneling half a million dollars into local campaigns and plotting to fire San Diego’s current Police Chief then pick the new one. 41-year-old Ravneet Singh owner ElectionMall Inc. was arrested on Friday by the FBI and was in a San Diego’s federal court yesterday. Former San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is also named in the complaint and accused of working with Signh. The government says that Encinas oversaw the security of the person referred to as the “the foreign national” in the complaint. The government alleges that from 2011 to 2013 Signh and Encinas helped the foreigner donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a string of candidates. Including the San Diego’s 2012 mayoral election and the 2013 special election for mayor. While Singh was officially accused in court it’s not yet known if Encinas’s will be accused as well.

The FBI says

“Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any American electoral campaign—whether at the federal, state or local level.”

In an attempt to limit the spread of this season’s flu Scripps Health hospitals are adding restrictions to visitors. Now all visitors will be screened and if they’ve got flu-like symptoms they won’t be allowed in and Kids under 14 are not allowed in … unless they or their parents have an appointment.

Scripps Chief Medical Officer Dr. James LaBelle says

“We ask that visitors follow these new guidelines so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.”

It’s the first day of class for San Diego State University’s spring semester and a bunch of events celebrating the brand new 206,000 square foot Aztec Center start today at 9:00 AM. The building cost $104 million to build. It has restaurants, a bowling alley, theater, ballroom, meeting rooms, and student government offices.

At 6:40 AM Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at the Zurich Pro-AM. This is part of the festivities leading up to the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla.

This morning at around 7:00 hundreds of people will officially become citizens at San Diego’s Golden Hall.

At 10:30 San Diego’s interim Mayor Todd Gloria is launching a multi-million dollar tourism marketing campaign.

And at 3:00 this afternoon petitions in opposition to the linkage fee will be turned in. The linkage fee is a fee charged to all non-residential construction. The fee originally was 1 point 5 percent then in the mid 90’s it was lowered to point 75 percent and now some city leaders want to raise it back to the original rate. The money raised helps to fund affordable housing. Opponents say if the fee is increased it will hurt business expansion.

Kenneth Hamilton will be in Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 and he wants to change a guilty plea. Originally Hamilton pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his part in the murders of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And finally tonight at 6:00 in the University of California San Diego’s Great Hall the good life and being happy are the topic for a series of lectures. Tonight’s is called “Ben Franklin and the American Dream”

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San Diego Political Podcast Kevin Faulconer

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Welcome to another Political Podcast from BowlersDesk.com.

Ric Epps and I went met up with Kevin Faulconer at his campaign headquarters.

While Kevin is the official Republican candidate for mayor he wants to be seen as a moderate Republican that can work with San Diego Democratic City Council.

We were able to touch on lots of things in our half an hour with him.

How are you going to help San Diego’s middle class?

What does it take to get our economy back on track?

How is his record helping or hurting him?

And more.

You be the judge.

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Political Podcast with Nathan Fletcher

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Welcome to another Political Podcast from BowlersDesk.com.

This time Ric Epps and I sat down with Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher.

This is Nathan’s second bite at the mayoral apple. We talked about everything from the economy, to the federal shutdown, and beer.

To me his campaign doesn’t seem to be that different substantively this time around, with the exception of his staff.

Reaching across the aisle and working with other is a main theme.

His campaign wants voters to see him as the boss you like. Firm but fair.

You be the judge.

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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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