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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 8, 2014

Chula Vista’s Sweetwater Union High School District and representatives from the Sweetwater Teachers Association are back at the bargaining table today, according to the UTSanDiego.com. The teachers have been locked in a pitch battle over medical benefits and pay with the corruption plagued district for months now. Teachers voted to authorize a strike should negotiations reach a stale-mate.

The ex-superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District pleaded guilty last week to one felony count of taking a gift and the misdemeanor of not reporting the gift. He’s one of many district board members with criminal charges filed against them all stemming from a corruption scandal. The negotiations are sure to be tense.

In San Diego the city council was super busy yesterday. They picked Ed Harris to fill Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s now vacant council seat. Harris is a retired Marine, lifeguard, and head of the San Diego lifeguard’s union. He got the support of David Alvarez, Mark Kersey, Sherri Lightner, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf. Harris will sit on the council until the winner of this year’s election takes over.

According to a series of studies, San Diego is not doing that good of a job with its $50 million dollar technology upgrade. Oh it gets worse … this is something that was started years ago. The studies are going to be giving to the council today and were done by a Chicago firm Huron Consulting Group. The reports looked at a bunch of things that make the city work along with the I.T. upgrade. Real estate assets, fleet maintenance, purchasing and contracting just to name a few. The I.T. program called a SAP system started way back in 2007 and still isn’t up to speed.

S-A-P stands for System Analysis and Program. A SAP system is a digital system that helps run key parts of an organizations operation. For example Accounts Payable, Travel, Risk Management and the like.

It’s all being presented to the council today at 10:00 AM

Disgraced former San Diego mayor Bob Filner’s pension is cut to $1,800 a year as part of his sentence compliance. Filner pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery after three women accused him of sexual harassment. However he does still get about $1600 a month in city pension benefits. Filner just came off of house arrest and had a GPS-monitoring device removed.

And finally today is free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. They’ll be asking for donations for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA while the free ice cream is scooped

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 11, 2014

Today is Election Day in San Diego. Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez will be out for their final push in the special election for mayor. Polls have the candidates in a statistical dead heat. It’s going to be very interesting to see who is able to bring out the votes. Polls open at 7:00 AM

Candidate Alvarez is voting at Calvary Baptist Church at 7:00 AM then he and his supporters are campaigning and riding bikes around town for the morning.

Candidate Faulconer is voting at the Sixth Church of Christ Scientist at 7:00 AM then he’s meeting with his supporters at campaign headquarters at 1:00 this afternoon.

Tonight at 8:00 both the candidates are watching the numbers come in with their supporters. Faulconer will be at the Grant Hotel’s Palm Court Room in downtown. Alvarez is at the San Diego Public Market on National Avenue.

There is political news besides the mayoral election today believe it or not.

At 1:00 PM the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is talking about San Diego’s bids for the 2017 America’s Cup and 2024 Olympics.

This afternoon at 2:00 City Council for the southernmost city in San Diego County, Chula Vista, is meeting. They’re talking about a resolution to move a power substation and putting more power lines underground.

And finally tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about new kindergarten eligibility rules and summer school programs.

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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 17, 2014

The National Weather Service extends the Red Flag fire danger warning into a fifth day today. Hot temperatures, Low Humidity, and fast winds continue through today. Originally issued on Monday, the red flag warning was first set to end Wednesday but the National Weather Service has been extending it every day since then. Today’s humidity will be at 5 percent, winds will gust up around 40 miles per hour, and temperatures will be in the high 70’s to low 80’s.

Threats on social media close a school in the Northern San Diego County city of Escondido. Heritage Charter School put a message on their web site saying ..

“…someone had made a threat of violence at school…We want our students and staff to be safe, so as a precaution we are closing all American Heritage Charter schools tomorrow.”

School officials say anticipate opening back up on Tuesday the 21st.

This morning at 7:00 AM San Diego Unified School District superintendent Cindy Marten will give the key note speech at the 29th annual YMCA of San Diego County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast. This year’s “Dignity Award” is going to a promenade community activist.

Revenge porn is on the docket in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. At 1:30 this afternoon 27-year-old Kevin Bollaert is in court and accused of posting explicit pictures of woman on a website he ran. Authorities say Bollaert was asking for gift cards in exchange for removing the pictures.

David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer face off in another mayoral candidate debate at 2:30 this afternoon. This is the second debate between the two mayoral hopefuls. This time it’s at the KUSI studios in Kearny Mesa

And finally tonight at 5:00 a photographic exhibit called “4th Trimester Bodies Project” will open with a reception at the So Childish Children’s Boutique. The photographs show how women’s bodies change through their pregnancy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 15, 2014

Today is day three for high fire danger in San Diego. Extremely low humidity and high winds have parched and a scoured all of southern California. The National Weather Service is warning San Diegans not only about potential fires but they are also saying to “Watch for broken tree limbs and debris on roadways”. The windy and dry weather is going to last through Friday but it’s on a downswing and we should be out of the woods by Saturday.

In court this afternoon there are two arraignments of note on the docket for 1:30 both in San Diego’s downtown courthouse

Leon Powell arraignment for allegedly breaking into well know food writer Jeanne Jones’s house and stealing jewelry.

Then William Cady who is accused of killing three people in a drunken crash on State Route 52 late last Friday night.

San Diego’s City Council is busy today.

First in the morning at 9:00 the council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is meeting and on the agenda is the living wage ordinance.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is meeting. They are talking about some parking issues and making it possible to sell or transfer ownership of card rooms. Who knew? The Smart Growth and Land Use Committee has control over some card room issues.

This afternoon at 1 is the tapping of the first mayoral debate between Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez. The debate is being co-hosted by 10news, KPBS, and the Society of Professional Journalists. It is going to air tonight at 7:00

And finally tonight at 6:00 interim Mayor Todd Gloria is giving his State of the City speech. Gloria has been soliciting recommendations for songs to play at the event after the speech via twitter. So if you have an idea for the play list tweet “@ToddGloria”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 16, 2013

Cal State San Marcos is opening up its brand now 1600 square foot nursing clinic this morning at 10:00.

At noon the Environmental Health Coalition with San Diego City Councilman and mayoral candidate David Alvarez are publicly calling on the council to stop a referendum that they say will bring even more polluting businesses to the Barrio Logan neighborhood.

And in court today at 1:30 PM three sentencing’s.

The first is in El Cajon’s courthouse Richard Raul Bareno Jr. has pleaded guilty to bank robbery. While robbing the bank he terrified his victims by firing his gun up into the air.

In San Diego’s courthouse Luis A Cruz will hear his fate for his part in the “Dare Me Bandit” series of robberies.

And the Esteban Nandin is being sentenced in San Diego for pointing an assault rifle at a San Diego Police officer. FYI: the officer shot Nandin

And finally this afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council is meeting about a waste plan called “Zero Waste Objective” along with some commission and committee appointments.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 3, 2013

San Diego Red Cross is kicking off their season of giving with “Giving Tuesday”. Red Cross CEO Tony Young is living in a mock shelter at Red Cross’s Kearny Mesa H-Q to bring awareness to the people they help and to raise money. He’s living in the shelter until the raise what they said was “enough” money. The Red Cross did not specify what “enough” is to them. The first 250 donors will get a free emergency kit. Red Cross Headquarters are at 3950 Calle Fortunada and they open up at 5:00 AM

Also this morning at 9:00 AM San Diego County Board of Supervisors and on the agenda … if San Diego should make a bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

At 11:00 AM San Diego County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is reminding everyone about the first property tax deadline.

Rose Creek gets a new mural today at 11:00 AM. The Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge is the canvas to the 40 by 12-foot piece of public art.

San Diego County Registrar of Voters is opening up their new office this afternoon at 1:30 on Overland Drive.

San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting at 4:00 tonight about charter schools. Then at 6:00 PM the district is hosting a community talk about the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman shooting.

Court is busy this afternoon. Two sentencings and three arraignments all at 1:30

Fist in El Cajon’s courthouse Jeffery Roberson is hearing his fate for shooting his friend

Then Tyron Cannaday is being sentenced in Chula Vista’s courthouse for shooting a man during a robbery very near a child’s birthday party.

In Vista’s courthouse Richard Berumen is being arraigned for stealing a minivan, running from police and causing an accident that left other drivers seriously injured.

Also in Vista Javier Covarrubias is being arraigned and accused of stabbing a man at a Carlsbad mall.

And finally in Chula Vista’s courthouse Mark Edward Walters Jr. is being arraigned for the theft of some police equipment including a rifle and radios.

The Armed Forces YMCA is hosting its annual SuperParent Toy Drive at 11:00 AM. If you want to donate go to Geppetto’s Toys in the UTC Mall.

And finally tonight at 7:00 the Rancho Bernardo Community Council and Rancho de los Penasquitos town Council is hosting a mayoral candidate forum. Candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer will be at the Ed Brown Senior Center answering questions.

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We Could All (or most of us) Be Wrong Still Votes To Count in San Diego

Mayoral Can OTS

With 34500 mail-in and provisional ballots left to be counted many are calling the mayoral election a victory for David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer.
The mail-in ballots that are left to be counted are ones that voters dropped off at the polling place and the provisional ones are usually from people that voted at the worn polling place.

Those ballots need to be counted by hand.

Now the question remains are these voters like the rest of the voters that were counted or are they different somehow.

Personally I bet the numbers are going to stay roughly the same … but you never know.

Follow the San Diego Registrar of Voters for the up to the minute results.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 20, 2013

The first election for San Diego Mayor is over.

The results are …

Nathan Fletcher got 49,645 votes and that amounted to 24.30%.

David Alvarez got 52,283 votes or 25.59 percent

And Kevin Faulconer walked away with 89,043 votes or 43.58%.

Because no single candidate was able to get more than 51 percent of the votes Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez face each other in a run-off election early next year.

It was a hard fought but mostly collegiate campaign. Now if Alvarez is able to take in Fletchers voters he could win and be the next mayor. However if Faulconer is able to convert some of Fletcher’s Democratic voters to cross the isle then he could win.

It going to be an exciting next few months.

Health care workers at the many University of California hospitals and clinics are holding a one-day picket all across California. Picketers accuse the U.C. system of unfair labor practices and furthermore they say that patient care is being used a “bargaining chip” by management. Employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. The University of California and the union have been in negotiations for nearly 18-months now. Here in San Diego they’ll be at the University of California San Diego campus just off of 9500 Gilman Drive at 8:30 AM. Then at 9:30 AM they’ll be at the UC San Diego Medical Center Thornton Hospital at 9300 Campus Point Drive. And at 10:00 this morning then again at noon picketers will be making their point in front of the UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest at 200 West Arbor Drive.

Growing San Diego’s biotech industry is what Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is talking about at 10:00 this morning at the San Diego Convent5ion Center. He’s also going to announce the return of the Bio International Convention to San Diego next year.

At 1:00 this afternoon the Civic San Diego Board of Directors is meeting to talk about how to renovate the public space at the Lyceum Theatre.

Jose Luis Sanchez the Navy Commander accused of accepting cash, hookers, and other things form defense contractors in exchange for classified info is in San Diego’s Federal Court this morning at 10:30

Marcian Flores Jr. is being arraigned for a crash that killed his 60-year-old father at 1:30 this afternoon in San Diego’s downtown courthouse.

Also at 1:30 in Chula Vista’s courthouse the arraignment of Alberto Figueroa Jr. who will be accused of killing his brother with a samurai sword and barbecue fork.

And finally at 6:30 tonight the Central Library is hosting a talk from Professor Rick Kennedy about the One Book One San Diego featured book “Caleb’s Crossing”

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