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Big Changes, High Hopes For Sweetwater School Board This Election

All five of the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs in November and many hope the new candidates will bring a fresh start to a district plagued with corruption scandals.

The scandals involving the Sweetwater board of trustees began to unfold almost three years ago. Jill Galvez is a Chula Vista voter and former city council candidate. She said the entire district is still recovering from the humiliation.

“Our community has a black eye because of our crooked board members,” Galvez said. “It’s been an embarrassment, frankly, for the whole South Bay.”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 4, 2014

San Diego AM Briefing BowersDesk.com 6-4-14 from l. matthew bowler on Vimeo.

The Election is over and some of the notable winners are …

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis avoids a runoff election by defeating her opponents and getting 55 percent of the vote.

Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Scott Peters will slug it out in a runoff election this fall.

The Barrio Logan community plan loses dramatically in a 60 / 40 spit.

And Democrat Sarah Boot loses to Lorie Zapf for San Diego City Council.

Now many of those that won are going to try to say or imply that they have the mandate of the people … they do not. Apathy and record low voter turnout plagued this election. For example people that voted no on the changes to Prop B, the Barrio Logan zoning plan, took the election with nearly 60 percent of the vote. But that means they won by 21,898 votes … in a city of 1 point 3 million people that’s not a lot of votes. That means 1 point 6 percent of San Diegans decided that race.

According to the Registrar of Voters there are still about 98,000 provisional ballots to be counted. For all the election results Google San Diego Registrar of Voters they’ve got all the info.

This afternoon at 1:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez are talking to the press about improved emergency response times near the Mexican border after a new ambulance was added to the area. They’ll be at the trolley stop next to the border crossing.

In court this afternoon two sentencings of note, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Sweetwater school board President Jim Cartmill is officially being sentenced after his guilty plea for taking gifts that exceed the state’s value limit.

Then in San Diego’s courthouse Anthony Elias Estrada will hear his fate for murdering his girlfriend and then setting their home on fire.

And finally tonight at 6:00 24-people that donated kidneys, saving lives, are being honored by Sharp Memorial Hospital at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley. It’s on the heels of the hospitals 14th living kidney transplant. A 31-year-old woman gave a kidney to her mom.

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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 February 12, 2014

San Diego elected a new mayor yesterday. With all precincts reporting Kevin Faulconer won with 137,296 or 54.5 percent of the votes. And David Alvarez lost with 114,478 or 45.8 percent of the votes. Both the candidates are city councilmen.

Faulconer has 3-years left on his term and while the city council is technically non-partisan both parties support their members over others on the council. Faulconer’s replacement will be chosen by the council and its Democratic majority grows from 5/4 to 5/3 with Faulconer winning the Mayor’s office. Now there is talk that a Democrat will be chosen to fill the empty seat creating a city council with a veto proof 6 to 3 Democratic majority.

On the heels of the mayoral election this afternoon at 1:15 Amy Redding is officially starting her campaign for San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. She’s signature gathering to get on the ballot.

This afternoon at 2:00 San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is meeting and they’re talking about the municipal codes for food trucks and reducing San Diego’s homeless population.

Two groundbreakings today

First at 9:00 AM Mission Bay High is breaking ground on $13 million renovation project

Then at 10:00 AM Kaiser Permanente is breaking ground on a new 565,000-square-foot medical center.

Today at 10:45 San Diego based ship USS Independence is docking at the B Street pear. They are giving tours of the ship starting at 12:30

If you make less that 30,000 a year or are in the military and make less than $58,000 you can get free tax help. Today at 11:00 AM volunteers armed with TurboTax software will be at the Logan Heights library.

And finally tonight at 5:30 leaders from the San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee are explaining their mission to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to San Diego.

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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 December 17, 2013

Today beginning at 10:00 AM it’s a big day for San Diego’s City Council.

First they are setting the date for the runoff election. The runoff is expected to cost around $4 million. One date being batted around is February 11th because Solana Beach already has a special election set for then, and they could share the cost.

Then the other major thing on the council’s plate for today is if they should rescind the newly adopted zoning rules for Barrio Logan or take it to the public for a vote. The new plan separates industrial and residential areas of Barrio Logan and creates a buffer zone between the two. Businesses say the new rules will hurt them, thus hurting employment. Environmentalist say “It’s clear that the greedy executives running these out-of-state corporations don’t care about the folks living and working in Barrio Logan”.

At 2:00 this afternoon in Chula Vista their city council is meeting about a proposed sewer rate hike.

Then tonight at 6:00 El Cajon’s City Council is continuing interviews with people that want to fill the vacant council seats.

Tonight at 6:30 the Environmental Protection Agency is talking to the public about a new power plant proposed for Otay Mesa They are meeting at San Ysidro Middle School.

Immigration activists are making a point today but with a holiday theme. At 6:30 PM they are first dropping of Christmas cards and produce at Congressman Darrell Issa’s office then taking a Nativity themed march to his house.

A lot of holiday philanthropism today.

First this morning at 7:00 Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano along with some surprise NFL player are giving away 500 holiday dinners to poor families.

At 9:30 AM National City Police, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, the National Latino Police Officers Association, and Lowrider car-club members are giving away holiday dinners and gifts at 1200 National City Blvd.

And finally at 10:00 AM volunteers are sorting through the 2,300 toys donated by the Marines Corps from Toys for Tots.

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BowlersDesk.com Political Podcast Barrio Logan Zoned Out

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I asked myself what San Diego political issue is both under talked about and very important to the mayor’s race?

The answer for me is Barrio Logan zoning regulations.

Now before you yawn think about this …

While at first blush zoning regulation don’t seem that exciting, these rules determine what you can do with your land, what business are allowed in a community, even how many people are allowed to live in a neighborhood.
So zoning has a direct and very important impact on your life.

Barrio Logan is a community created when the 5 freeway was built, bisecting Logan Heights. Under much protest and cries the freeway went through. Then the Coronado Bridge was built and sparking loud protests witch eventually lead to the creation of Chicano Park.

Now the community there wants to create some industrial free zones.

There is a lot of industry in Barrio Logan, lots of heavy industry. The most notable is the maritime industries. They pay a lot in tax, employ lots of people, and are very important to the city outside of the barrio.

This issue is making its way into mayoral election politics is some very interesting ways. The issue has a racial component that could be part of the reason the next mayor wins or why his opponent loses.

Barrio Logan was born fighting.

And the people from there don’t back down, they are used to long fights.

This time on the Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast I sat down with Georgette Gomez from the Environmental Health Coalition. She’s a Barrio Logan native. She has a lot of interesting things to say about her almost decade long fight to make changes to the Barrio Logan zoning rules.

Agree or not you’ve got to respect her zeal and commitment.

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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 19, 2013

Today is Election Day in San Diego.

Since Bob Filner was removed from office for sexual harassment San Diego has had interim mayor Todd Gloria at the helm. If no single candidate wins 51 percent of the vote there will be a runoff election in the spring. Most likely that is what will happen.

The top candidates are

First: Councilman David Alvarez. He is a Democrat and has the official party endorsement

Second: Councilman Kevin Faulconer. Faulconer is the official Republican Party enforced candidate.

Third: Nathan Fletcher. Nathan has the Police Officer’s Association and Firefighter Union endorsement.

Forth: Mike Aguirre. Mike is the former City Attorney

In the last poll Faulconer was leading with Fletcher and Alvarez both more or less tied for second.

Polls open at 7:00 AM and first numbers will come from the Registrar of Voters at 8:00 PM when the polls close. According to the Registrar 37% of eligible voters have already voted.

I sat down with each of the top three candidates for about an hour. If you want to learn more about where they are coming from, gain some insight into who they are, what they want to do with the city, and why they want to be mayor check out the Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast. Go to BowlersDesk.com and click on the Political Podcast tab.

There are a few other things of note going on today.

San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners is meeting this afternoon at 1:00 about the Living Coast Discovery Center’s long term plan and possibly raising the rates for parking meters along the coast.

And finally tonight at 5:00 what to do with a 22 million dollar state grant is on the agenda for the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education

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