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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 11, 2014

The federal contractor convicted of bribing former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham has had his request for a new trial denied. 59-year-old Brent Wilkes was originally convicted in November of 2007 and sentenced to 12-years in federal prison. But after serving less than a year he was released pending his appeal. Disgraced Congressman Cunningham pleaded guilty in 2005 and spent eight years in prison. Now 72-year-old Cunningham is free and living in an undisclosed location.

At 1:30 this afternoon in San Diego’s courthouse Loren McDonald will hear his fate for molesting a 4-year-old girl. McDonald, a special education teacher, pleaded guilty and is looking at 18-years in prison.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors has a lot on its plate today. Their meeting officially starts at 9:00 and on the docket Oversight of residential care facilities, E-cigarette policies and Farmer’s market regulations.

Then at noon Supervisor Dianne Jacob and D.A. Bonnie Dumanis are giving a press conference about the residential care facility oversight and the proposed reforms.

Before the noon press conference at 10:00 AM the D.A. is talking to the press about thieves that steal medication from real estate open houses and how to prevent it.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council has a busy afternoon ahead of them. On their docket Medical marijuana regulations, Closing the Children’s Pool in La Jolla and a budget increase of 8.75 million dollars to help improve the Torrey Pines Golf Club.

Editorial alert!!

My road is littered with pot holes and the council is seriously looking at increasing the capital projects budget by 8.75 million dollars for a golf course?!?!?!

At 5:00 tonight the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about a report that says officials are skeptical the district can meet its financial obligations. The district projects a 2014-2015 budget shortfall of 62.6 million dollars … but they say they have a plan to fix it. One aspect of the plan is an early retirement program … Officials say that could save about 16 million dollars.

San Diego Police Officer’s Association is going to endorse their candidate for city council today at 11:30. A hint Mayor Kevin Faulconer is joining the P.O.A. for this presser. So it’s likely to be a candidate that he likes as well.

And finally today at 8:00 AM the Navy is remembering those lost in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami three years ago today. Rear Admiral Patrick Hall is leading the memorial on board the USS Ronald Reagan. The Reagan participated in the relief effort. 16,000 people died, 2,600 are still missing, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had a partial meltdown … all caused by the magnitude 9 earthquake.

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Congressman renews efforts for Medal of Honor for fallen Marine

Congressman renews efforts for Medal of Honor for fallen Marine


SAN DIEGO — Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) is renewing his efforts to have the Medal of Honor awarded to a Marine from San Diego killed in combat in Iraq.

In 2008, then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ruled the actions of Sgt. Rafael Peralta did not merit the nation’s highest award for bravery. Last December, Gates’ successor, Leon E. Panetta, declined to overrule the decision, although he noted Peralta’s courage and faithful service.

But Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine officer, hopes the new defense secretary, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, might overrule Panetta and Gates and upgrade the Navy Cross awarded to Peralta for his bravery during the battle in Fallouja in November 2004. Hagel, Hunter noted, served in combat in Vietnam as an Army enlisted man.

Marines who were at the scene have said that as he lay mortally wounded, Peralta reached out and smothered an enemy…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 22, 2013


Some of San Diego’s most important Democratic politicians will urge President Obama to stop the sequester today. Congressmen Scott Peters, Congressmen Juan Vargas, Mayor Bob Filner, and Councilmember David Alvarez are talking to the media at 8:30 this morning along with Derry Pence President of the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association. They are worried about how the sequester will affect San Diego maritime industry. Congressman Peters has been making the rounds talking about the sequester and how he thinks it will affect San Diego.

Today the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will salute the Tuskegee Airmen with a colors ceremony. A colors ceremony is when service members present the nation’s flag, this ceremony will be in honor of the nearly 1000 African-American pilots that broke race barriers and trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field.

San Diego has another feather in its cap. Trip advisor dot come named La Jolla Cove one of the country’s best beaches. The cove came in at number eight. The number one Trip Advisor beach in the world is … Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa Italy.

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