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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2014

A sketch of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault an Escondido gym employee is making the rounds. Escondido police say the man hid inside the gym past closing then jumped out and attacked the female gym employee closing up for the night. The woman was able to fight off her attacker. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 35 – 45 years old, five foot five inches tall, shaved head, tattoo across his left ring finger and a teardrop tattoo on his left eye. He was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, black high top tennis shoes and white knee high socks. Anyone with any info is asked to contact Escondido police by calling 760-743-8477 or online at Police.Escondido.org.

San Diego County Jails will no longer hold suspected undocumented immigrants past there release dates unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warrant for the suspects arrest. Before it was practice to hold county jail inmates after their release date if they were suspected of being undocumented, giving I.C.E. time to detain them. Now San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore says unless his department is presented with an arrest warrant he is going to release them. Gore did not give an explanation for the new policy however the American Civil Liberties Union says they think it has to do with a recent federal court decision. The courts said holding someone in local jails without a warrant in a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The whale carcass that washed ashore near the Mexican border is being cut apart and disposed of this weekend. The 50-foot long dead fin whale has been lying on the beach near Border Field State Park for about a week now. Researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service are taking samples for the lab then the rest will be hauled to a landfill.

Today is Bike to Work Day. Originally it was supposed to two weeks ago but was postponed because of more than a dozen wild fires that broke out. San Diego Association of Governments organizes the event. SANDAG expects 8,000 riders and they have over 100 pit stops.

All the fun around San Diego’s world famous Rock N Roll Marathon kicks off this morning at 10:45 at the San Diego Convention Center. Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is leading the official start for the events.

Today the health and fitness expo opens. The marathon is this Sunday and starts at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street near Balboa Park and the finish line is at 13th and K streets near PETCO Park in Downtown.

60-years of Bring Your Own Booze is over for the San Diego traditional summertime Over The Line Tournament along with some other rule changes. The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club or OMBAC says on its web site that the new rules are being forced upon them by the city.

Notable changes are

1: No more BYOB

2: Alcohol will be sold inside the tournament playing area.

3: The tournament playing area will be a fenced and a controlled 21 years old and up area only.

OMBAC says the rule changes are because the voters banned drinking on the beaches without special permits and a group that was denied a permit last year sued the city crying foul.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 environmentalists are protesting at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins office at 1350 Front Street. They are upset that Atkins supports Assembly Bill 2145. According to the group the bill will make it imposable for communities to pursue clean energy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 10, 2014

The Princess Cruises line ship Crown Princess is pulling into San Diego with 83 people onboard sick with norovirus. The ship has over 3000 passengers and over 11-hundred crew. In a statement Princess Cruises says …

“Some passengers aboard a cruise ship touring the West Coast are having a rough trip … All individuals who are ill (currently 66 passengers and 17 crew members), have been isolated in their cabins until they are not contagious … none of the passengers elected to leave the ship and that everyone onboard is instructed to frequently wash their hands”

The ship is pulling in between 7:00 and 8:00 AM

This morning after 8:30 the USS McClusky is leaving San Diego this morning for a deployment in Central and South America. The guided-missile frigate and its 215 sailors are going to be working with other countries to stop drug trafficking. Two-years ago in a similar operation the McClusky seized over 10-thousand pounds of cocaine.

This morning at 9:30 San Diego Unified School District is hosting a talk with parents about how autism can evolve over the life of an autistic person.

At noon a new report that compares and contrasts how cities use solar energy systems is being released by the environmental advocacy group Environment California. Reportedly San Diego is one of California’s leading cities.

At 5:30 tonight the Environmental Health Coalition is hosting its annual awards party called 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities. The Barrio Logan community plan update is sure to be on the tips of their tongs.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the last 70-finalists are competing for the open 28-Chargers Girls spots. Winners are going to be announced Friday.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 4, 2014

Reports of a possible border tunnel are coming into the news room. At this point they are unconfirmed by federal authorities. I expect more info to come out later in morning, though it will be at a trickle. Check back for more info.

San Diego Zoo’s 5-day old hippopotamus died yesterday. Zoo workers found the calf during a normal morning check in. Zoo spokesperson Christina Simmons told the press that the mother hippo, named Funani, kept her baby so close they couldn’t figure out if it was a male or female.

Yesterday teachers from the San Ysidro Education Association voted to authorize a call to strike if negotiations with the San Ysidro School District fall through. Out of the 232 members 224 voted and 220 voted to strike. Teachers say they want a reduction in class size and a one percent raise. However the district says they don’t have the money and that they have a 2 point 6 million dollar deficit.

The controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan is back in court today at 11:00 AM. Executives from the maritime industry say that the new zoning plan could hurt their business. So they went out and got enough signatures to put it on the ballot.

However activists from the Environmental Health Coalition say that they need to separate industrial and residential property and that the new plan is a compromise that the businesses helped to create. Also they say that signatures were gathered by misleading people about what the new zoning plan is.

The maritime industry says that the new plan will cost 46,000 jobs.

Two sentencings today.

The first is at 9:30 this morning in Chula Vista’s courthouse. 36-year-old Kenneth Dwight Hamilton pleaded guilty to being one of four men that participated in the murder of two teenagers at an Oceanside Park. Prosecution says that the killings were over gang turf.

At 1:30 this afternoon Treviyon Rew will hear hit fate for shooting at two men while he was trying to carjack one of them.

Viejas Indian Reservation is hosting the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association and 750 firefighters for three-days of training. Today media day at the training starting at 9:00 am. I bet you’ll lots of local stations with stories on it tonight.

And finally tonight at 5:30 still at the Viejas Indian Reservation a new bingo hall slash shopping mall is opening up with a ribbon cutting.

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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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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 22, 2013

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Today is Earth Day and there are events all day today. Almost all of them are happening at Balboa Park. The park has been celebrating all weekend and today is the last day. Al kinds of ecofriendly things to do and learn from making drinking glasses out of old beer bottles to learning how to compost. There has been so much interest that the San Diego Earth Works (they helped to organize Earth Day) web site has exceeded its bandwidth for the month.

PETA … the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is having what they call a “Nude PETA Protest” on the street in downtown San Diego. The group wants people to become vegan. They’ll be at corner of Fourth Avenue and Broadway at noon today.

Over the weekend a well know San Diego architect is beaten to death and his 31-year-old employee is accused. After a fight on Friday 56-year-old Grahm Downes dies Sunday. When police arrived they found the two men on the ground near Downs’s home. Police have not officially identified the suspect however UT San Diego says his name is Higinio Salgado.

Finally tonight over a thousand people are signed up to run to show their support for the victims of the Boston bombing. It is called Boston Strong San Diego. On the event’s Facebook page the organizers say “As a runner, I feel as though a group of my friends were attacked when the bombs in Boston went off.” The run starts at 6:00 PM in De Anza Cove.

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Morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 6, 2013

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Starting today San Deigns can get e-mail alerts about sex offenders living in their communities. At 10 AM County Supervisor Bill Horn, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and Sheriff Bill Gore will unveil the new program. People will be able to sign up and get email alerts from law enforcement about the sex offenders living their neighborhoods.

This afternoon the man accused of raping a women he met on the Christian dating site www.ChristianMingle.com will ask his bail be reduced. 37-year-old Sean Patrick Bank was arrested on February 11 is also accused of a 2009 rape of an intoxicated person.
At his March first arraignment he was order held without bail. If convicted, Banks is looking at 44 years to life in prison

This morning San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner is going to present his plan on how to use the Port of San Diego to create jobs. During his campaign for mayor Filner said that the port could add as many as 6000 high-paying jobs. While at the same time reducing greenhouse emissions as well as air and water pollution. The report is available at www.SanDiego.gov.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 6, 2013

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This morning family members of a man shot and killed by San Diego police will rally and talk to the media. Last June 31-year-old Victor Ortega was shot and killed after a scuffle with an officer. Ortega’s family is claiming that he was handcuffed; however police say he was not. According to a 10-News report an autopsy says Ortega’s writs had impressions consistent with handcuffs however police say that one of the cuffs wasn’t attached. The only witness was a young man that herd the altercation from the other side of a wooden fence. The family will be talking with the media at 9am this morning in front of San Diego’s Hall of Justice.

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will look at a proposed 43-acre solar energy plant. Initially the county approved the construction of the plant but then Laborers International Union of North America Local 89, the Ramona Community Planning Group, and Citizens for a Rural Ramona filed an appeal. A union representative says “There’s no question we need alternative energy, but in the right places and under the right conditions”

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