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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 29, 2014

The afternoon docket is busy today with two sentencings and two arraignments of note all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Vista’s courthouse 19-year-old Judd Liulamaga pleaded guilty to being one of five men that robbed several people outside a San Marcos house party. Liulamaga is looking at up to 13-years in prison. Of the four men reported to be his accomplices two have been convicted. 20-year-old Mautofu Maiava got 75-years in prison … he got the extra time because of prior robbery conviction. 19-year-old Johnnie Edward got 32-years for robbery, assault, gang and gun charges. The two other alleged accomplices go to trial in August.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Thomas Paciornik is being sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted kidnapping. He tried to abduct a 29-year-old woman from the 7-11 parking lot at Hilltop Drive and Orange Avenue back in mid-July. He grabbed her, punctured her car tire and tried to force her into his car. She fought him off and he drove away. Authorities arrested him the next day at the Viejas Casino on an unrelated charge and were able to link him to the assault because of surveillance video.

Also in Chula Vista’s courthouse Zachariah Joseph Dow is being arraigned on charges related to his 14-year-old son bringing a loaded hand gun to Hilltop High School. Dow turned himself in the same day his son brought the gun to school saying the gun is his. Dow is a felon and not allowed to own a gun. When detectives searched the Dow home they also found a 22-cliber pistol under a mattress.

In San Diego’s court Ryan Churchill and Duran Caldwell are being arraigned and accused of being the “Backdoor Bandits”. Authorities accuse the pair of over a dozen armed robberies in Claremont and La Jolla.

San Diego County Supervisors Dave Roberts and Bill Horn with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Palomar Health officials are all talking to the press at 11:00 AM at the County Administration Center. They are announcing plans to fund a hospital unit that helps victims of sex crimes and child abuse. Escondido’s Palomar Health Forensic Health Center is in danger of closing. The hospital unit helps to collect evidence as well as caring for the victims of sex crime and child abuse. The Golden Door Foundation is announcing it’s giving $75,000 to help the center but more is needed.

Also this morning at 11:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf are declaring today “Tony Hawk Day” at Robb Field Skate Park. The San Diego skater is being honored for his prowess on the half pipe as well as his charity work. Hawk’s foundation has raided over $5 million and helped to fund 5-hundred-44 skate parks across the country.

This afternoon at 2:00 on campus at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Golden Gym the 50th anniversary of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr will be commemorated. Dr. King gave the famous speech in 1964 inside the gym on the campus that eventually became Point Loma Nazarene University.

San Diego Unified School District is hosting its annual Salute to Excellence this afternoon at 3:30. The special ceremony recognizes students that are in the top 1% of their class.

And finally in Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center at 6:00 former San Diego City Council Tom Hom is having a book launch party for his new memoir. Hom was the first Asian member of the city council and in the book he talks about his fight for the American dream.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 28, 2014

Tonight at 5:30 protesters calling for the release of Marine Corps sergeant in Mexican prison will rally at the San Ysidro border crossing for his release. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested while crossing into Mexico with a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun and ammunition in his car.

Guns are extremely illegal in Mexico. The American consulate in Tijuana on its web site says “Don’t bring firearms or ammunition across the border into Mexico. Don’t carry a knife, even a small pocketknife, on your person in Mexico. You may become one of dozens of U.S. Citizens who are arrested each month for unintentionally violating Mexico’s strict weapons laws.”

However Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by mistake. Today Tahmooressi is having a hearing in Tijuana about his case. The Mexican legal system is very different than the American, and the process can be long.

Last night San Diego Unified District Board of Education approved a new early retirement program. 471 teachers are eligible for it and the Board says it’ll save nearly $30 million over the next five years. Of the 471 teachers eligible about a quarter have signed up for it. Most have until Friday to decide if they want the early retirement, however summer school teachers have until their last summer workday to decide. Teachers that have been with the district for 5-years and are 55-years-old with 5-years of credit in the state teachers retirement system, or those 50 to 54 with 30-years retirement credits are eligible.

Proposition 13 is on topic at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association early morning forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 keeps property taxes low by setting the tax rate on the value of property at the time the property was purchased. Many blame prop. 13 on the state’s education funding problems, because schools get much their funding from property taxes.

At 9:00 AM at the County Administration Center Room 358 fracking is taking center stage at a public forum. Fracking or “induced hydraulic fracturing” is when thousands of gallons of fluid-chemicals are injected into geological structures at pressures high enough to break or fracture the geology and release the oil deposited there. It’s an extremely controversial method. The public is welcome, however no placards or signs are allowed in.

At 10:00 AM Balboa Park’s centennial celebration is the topic of a press conference at Balboa Park’s reflecting pool. They boast that it’ll be a “major announcement”.

This morning at 10:00 the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego sector Border patrol is honoring the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Border Patrol by reading the names of agents killed in the line of duty.

Embattled Sweetwater Union High School District is on topic tonight at 6:00 at Chula Vista’s City Hall. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is hosting the forum.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the candidates for District Attorney are talking to the National Latina Business Women Association of San Diego and the La Raza Lawyers at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 21, 2014

There isn’t enough evidence to charge 19-year-old Isaiah David Silva with arson, according to the District Attorney. Silva and a 17-year-old were both arrested and suspected of arson during last week’s devastating wild fires. Witnesses say they spotted to people matching their description trying to set two separate fires. The 17-year-old had his detention hearing yesterday but no word on if he is being charged or not.

They were never accused of setting any of the fires that burned 20,000 acres and destroyed several homes. However if new evidence comes to light the DA will vigorously prosecute.

D.A. Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Gore are taking part in a summit about prisoner realignment and what that is going to mean for San Diegans. Prisoner realignment means that the state prisons will send nonviolent offenders to the county and the county is going to decide who to keep and who to release. It has the potential to fill up the county jails. They’ll be at the Jacobs Center on Euclid Ave at 9:00 AM.

San Diego City Council is meeting today. First this morning at 9:00 they are talking about some revision for next year’s budget proposal. Then at 2:00 this afternoon the council’s Environment Committee is talking about how to get plastic bags out or watersheds.

Keeping beekeeping in San Diego County is what the Board of Supervisors is talking about this morning at 9:00

Then at 1:00 Civic San Diego Board of Directors is talking about the process of bidding on Horton Plaza projects and the salary of the interim board president.

San Diego Unified School District is showing off some of its students work tonight at 4:00 at Liberty Station’s Conference Center. The students worked with some businesses to create products that solved a problem.

At 8:00 AM the San Diego Zoo is giving the press a sneak peek at the new $19.5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail exhibit. It’s got over five acres filled with rocks, ponds, and trees in three separate spaces for the tigers.

Also at 8:00 Habitat for Humanity is building playhouses to give away to some lucky families.

And finally at 6:00 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is showing videos from 11 finalists in a student videos contest about water conservation. The winner gets their movie shown before this summer’s movies at the Mission Valley and Plaza Bonita AMC Theaters.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 26, 2013

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San Diego’s Mayor and City Attorney are at it again. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is now accusing Mayor Filner of allowing what the City Attorney is calling illegal marijuana dispensaries to proliferate.

In a press conference Goldsmith said “…the mayor has refused to allow case referrals to our office…”

In response the Mayor said “I’ve always enforced the law, that’s my job…”

The San Diego City Council asked Goldsmith to draft new pot shop zoning regulations to replace the current one. That is expected to take about a month.

The District Attorney is expected to file murder charges against the man accused of beating a prominent San Diego architect to death. 31-year-old Higinio Soriano Salgado worked for 56-year-old Grahm Downes and was at Downes’s house for a party and they got into a fight Salgado beat Downes so severely he is now brain dead. Salgado … arrested just after the fight ….will be in court this morning for a status conference when the new more severe charges will be filed.

This morning at 9:30 San Diego’s District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is talking to the press about charges she’s filing against a couple that she says conned hundreds of senior citizens out of $1.9 Million. The couple will be arraigned this afternoon.

Protesters are marching at San Diego’s Federal Building today at noon. They are protesting the Department of Homeland Security’s employment audits. Protesters say that many of the people being fired for not having the proper papers would qualify as “citizenship path worthy” under a comprehensive immigration bill. They would like the President to stop the audits until the bill is passed.

This morning at 9:00 the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting and they will talk about extending the San Diego Trolley’s Blue line.

Today for Arbor Day there are two big events

First at 9:00 AM on campus at the University of California at San Diego volunteers will plant 23 Coast Live Oaks, 22 Torrey Pines and 19 Canary Island Pines.

Then at 10:30 the Friends of Balboa Park are having a “Tree Celebration” where people from San Diego Gas & Electric are going to talk about how to plant trees so they don’t interfere with underground or overhead electrical lines.

And finally voting to name the new koala born at the San Diego Zoo begins today. To cast your vote go to http://www.sandiegozoo.org/koalafornia . Yes i said KOALA-FORNIA

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 20, 2013

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Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the shooting death of two people this morning at a far north east San Diego County home. Last night at around 9:00 PM someone called 9-1-1 to say that two people were shoot. Deputies arrived about 5 minutes later to find one adult man and adult woman both with gunshot wounds. They were declared dead at the scene. In a press release Sheriff’s Deputies say “…we do not believe there are any outstanding suspects. Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.” Many interpret this to mean murder/suicide but there hasn’t been any official confirmation of this.

This morning at 10 AM a San Diego County prosecutor is being sentenced today for conspiracy to obstruct justice. Allison Debow was convicted of the charge because she asked a San Diego Police Sergeant to fix a ticket for her. She was ticked for not wearing a seat belt … a $142 fine … with this conviction it’s mushroomed into possible a year in jail. Debow learns her fate at 10 AM.

This morning snow continues to fall in San Diego County’s mountains. Last night 4 inches fell at elevation over 3500 feet and about a foot at elevations over 4500 feet. Snow flurries are even blanketing elevations below 2000 feet. That’s about a 30 minute drive east of beach. So yes you could drive your pick-up to the snow, fill up your truck bed with snow, then drive to the beach and build a snowman and go surfing all with in about an hour and a half.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 21, 2012

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At 6:30 a walk memorializing each victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy will begin at the Escondido City Hall. For you out of towners Escondido is a city in the North Eastern part of San Diego County. The walk will be 27-minutes long, one minute for each victim. Participants will wear green and white, the Sandy Hook school colors.

This morning the United African-American Ministerial Action Council along with the District Attorney will host a Gun for Gift Card exchange. People will receive $50 for each rifle and shotgun and $100 for hand guns and assault weapons.

No questions asked.

And today just in time for Christmas the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman will return to San Diego. The Sherman and its crew spent 85-days patrolling the Bering Sea enforcing fishing laws and performing rescue missions.

Chief Petty Officer Shane Melott, says quote “It’s pretty amazing … knowing that no one else in my family, beside my grandfather, has ever been there,”

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San Diego Biker / Reality TV Star Not Charged … Yet

​Reality TV start Thomas “Gypsy” Quinn still has not been charged. He was supposed to be arraigned today on lewd conduct on a child charges, however San Diego’s District Attorney is still mulling over charging him.

Quinn stars in the Discovery Channel searies “The Devil’s Ride” about the San Diego motorcycle club the “Laffing Devils”.

It is important to note that while Quinn is one of the clubs founders he is no longer a member.

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