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Temporary Fire Station Coming To San Diego’s Skyline Area

A temporary fire station will soon open in the Skyline area of San Diego, which suffers from slow response times.

The $400,000 station, which is slated to open in April, will serve as a placeholder until a permanent facility can be built for the neighborhood. Construction for the temporary station began on Monday.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 16, 2014

Last night Escondido Police announced the arrest of two people for arson. A 17-year-old boy whose name is being withheld and 19-year-old Isaiah Silva are in custody for allegedly setting at least two fires. A witness called police reportedly while watching two people matching the suspect’s description in the south Escondido Boulevard area start a fire at around 6:30 PM last night. The witness put the fire out.

Then at around 7:30 another person called saying they were watching the two people matching the suspect’s description trying to start a fire near Kit Carson Park. That witness chased the suspects. Police caught the two suspects a short time later.

Wild fire still burn in San Diego County this morning. At one point there were nine active fires. This morning the firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The National Weather Service lifted its Red Flag Warning. While it is still hot the winds are much weaker today.

This morning the Cocos Fire in San Marcos is still burning and is only 5 percent contained. According to Cal Fire it has scorched 1200 acres and three homes were lost. But this fire too is weakening. Some of the evacuation orders have been lifted and I expect that the fire’s containment number will go up after sunrise when firefighters are able to make a new assessment. For info on the evacuations go to http://www.sdcountyemergency.com .

The Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad is 85 percent contained. This fire destroyed many homes including on 18-unit complex. Damage at this time is estimated at $22.5 million.
Authorities are still looking into the cause and have set up a hot line for tips. Call (760) 602-7599 if you have any info into how the Poinsettia fire was started.

Almost all the schools in North County are closed today. Go to the San Diego County Office of Education’s web site for more info.

Other things happening today besides fire. San Diego County Courts are still open. There are three sentencings of note

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 am Kevin Kelso a former Westin San Diego executive is being sentenced for embezzling over $500-thousand dollars.

Tim Lambesis the Christian rock singer who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife will hear his fate at 10:30 AM in vista’s courthouse.

And at 1:30 this afternoon Garrett Sparks is being sentenced for gross negligence because he caused a head-on collision and killed a 74-year-old man.

And finally this morning at 9:00 graduation ceremonies begin at San Diego State University for about 9,300 students.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 14, 2014

Hundreds of acres burned and thousands of San Diegans evacuated to safety as hot dry Santa Anna winds fuel a fire dangerously close to homes. Late last night the evacuation orders were lifted and people were allowed to return to their homes. However the fire, called the Bernardo Fire, is still only 5% contained. Yesterday Poway Unified School District administrators evacuated students from Del Sur, Stone Ranch and Willow Grove elementary schools Students at Del Norte High School and at Oak Valley middle school stayed in classrooms as precautions. However as of this morning all schools in the Poway Unified School District are open.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Javier Mainar says “It is unusual in May to have wind-driven fires like this that are such a challenge to contain”

As the morning comes the atmosphere will warm up and winds are expected to grow in speed. Today the National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to top 100 and wind speeds to gust as fast as 65-miles-per-hour. We will get an update on the fire as soon as the sun comes up.

This morning at University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice is hosting a forum on energy and climate change. Participating are speakers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Center for Sustainable Energy, California Independent System Operator, California Air Resources Board, General Atomics, Sempra Energy, San Diego Gas and Electric, Climate Action Reserve and the University of San Diego Center for Sustainability.

San Diego City Council’s Infrastructure Committee is meeting at 9:00 about a report on the city parks and modernization of the border crossing.

At 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Anargyros Karabournitois is being arraigned and accused of trying to mark cards at the Barona Casino.

Then in Vista’s courthouse also at 1:30 Luis Bolanos is being sentenced for bringing a gun to Palomar College then telling Sheriff’s Deputies he wanted to get into a shootout.

This evening at 5:30 the fundraiser “Eat. Drink. Read.” is raising money for the San Diego Council on Literacy.

And finally at 6:00 PM San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about the cameras that SDPD officers are going to start wearing. They’ll be at Cherokee Point Elementary School.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 13, 2014

Hot temps and high winds are keeping San Diego County Fire Fighters on alert today. The National Weather Service has a red flag warning in place until Wednesday at 8:00 PM. Moving it from Tuesday. Record setting heat, low humidity and winds gusting up to 65 miles-per-hour will scour the county. At the very least driving is going to be affected with all of the debris in the road. It’s going to be about 90 degrees at the beaches and up to 98 inland.

A student at Central Elementary School in Imperial Beach tested positive for tuberculosis and may have exposed others. Students at the school will get free testing today. The kids may have been exposed between March 17 and April 23 according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. Symptoms include a persistent cough, fever, night sweats and sudden weight loss. Dr. Wilma Wooten Public Health Officer says “Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication”.

Governor Jerry Brown is talking to the press today all across California about revisions to his proposed state budget. He’s supposed to be in San Diego at 2:45 this afternoon making his case at the City Administration Building.

Brown’s office says his budget will:

Make the state save any increases in capital gains

Force the state to make extra payments to any debts, shortening the payoff time.

Increase the rainy day fund to 10 percent

And create a special account to help schools avoid future cuts.

Just before the governor gives his press conference the environmental group SanDiego350.org is going to be at the City Administration Building encouraging Brown to oppose Induced Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking in California. The gas and oil extraction method is extremely controversial. Environmentalists believe this method is polluting the ground water among other environmental damage.

San Diego City Council is meeting all day today. First at 10:00 AM they are talking about ending a relationship between the volunteer group that was planning the Balboa Park centennial celebration. Some of the controversy the group became embroiled in a controversy is if they should release financial their records and the city wants to know what the group did with $1 point 6 million in city funds just to name a couple.

Then this afternoon the council is expected to give the formal OK to a settlement of $355,000 in attorney’s fees incurred by Save Our Heritage Organization. The group fought and won a fight stopping the construction of a bypass bridge on the west side of Balboa Park, way back during Jerry Sanders’s tenure as mayor.

Tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board is meeting. They’re talking about a district finance update, a teacher early retirement program and charter schools.

And finally tonight at 7:00 David Victor, the director of the University of California Laboratory on International Law and Regulation is giving the 5th annual Keeling Lecture at the Birch Aquarium.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 30, 2014

It is hot and windy in San Diego County. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for most of San Diego County and hot temperatures along with low humidity are hitting us too. However there is no “Red Flag” … that’s a high fire danger warning… Yet.

Pertussis or whooping cough is sweeping through San Diego. San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says that this year alone there have been 298 pertussis cases reported. That’s about six times as many cases when compared to the same time period for last year. Last week alone 18 people reported having the disease.

Dr. Wilma Wooten says “Pertussis has shown no signs of slowing down … The vaccine’s effectiveness lessens over time so it’s very important that adults get their booster shots and that they make sure their children have the necessary doses of the vaccine at the recommended ages.”

Veteran San Diego Police officer Gilbert Anthony Lorenzo is being arraigned this morning at 8:00 in Department 2 of El Cajon’s courthouse. 31-year-old Lorenzo is accused of domestic violence. After his arrest by La Mesa police he was placed on unpaid leave.

In San Diego’s courthouse at 1:30 Todd Francis is being sentenced. Francis is the owner of a gun his daughter and a neighbor boy were playing with when it fired killing the boy. Francis pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

San Diego City Council has a busy day today.

First at 9:00 AM the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is meeting about a ballot proposal to increase the minimum wage in San Diego. Then at 2:00 the council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee is talking about the community plan for Ocean Beach.

This morning at 9:00 the County Board of Supervisors is meeting and on the agenda is a multimillion-dollar water quality monitoring contract.

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at San Diego State University is being honored with the unveiling of a plaque at SDSU’s Open Air Theater.

And finally tonight at 7:00 San Diego city councilman Ed Harris is hosting a town hall meeting at Bay Park Elementary School.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 14, 2014

Early this morning at 12:42 San Diego Fire Dispatchers got several called about several fires in the Grant Hill and Logan Heights neighborhoods. Turns out there were around 7 fires all in fires in trash cans, planters and tree fires all near 28th, 29th and 30th street between the 94 freeway and Commercial St. No one was hurt, no homes were damaged, no arrests have been made yet and investigators are working it.

The National Weather Service says that high winds with gusts up to 60-miles-per-hour are possible near San Diego’s coastal foothills today. They say to watch out for broken tree limbs and other debris falling into the streets.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is presenting his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to the city council this afternoon. But before that at 12:30 he’s talking to the press about it.

The nearly three billion dollar budget proposal includes $300 million dollars for quote “capital projects”. That stuff like fixing sidewalks, streetlights, fire stations and storm drains.

The Mayor wants to increase that kind of infrastructure spending by 66 percent. Then the City Council is going to pour over the budget proposal and make the changes they want. They need to approve the budget by June and it’ll take effect on July 1st.

The City Council is meeting about more than just Faulconer’s budget proposal this afternoon. At 2:00 they are also looking at possibly revising the Purchasing and Contracting dollar amounts that require council approval and the city’s undergrounding program. The undergrounding program is about the city moving power, phone and other overhead cables underground.

And finally at 7:00 paleoclimatologist Jeffrey Severinghous is talking about climactic history at the Birch Aquarium. He did his research buy drilling thousands of feet into ice sheets and analyzing the layers. I wonder what he has to say about climate change.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 16, 2014

The National Weather Service extends the high fire danger Red Flag warning to a fourth day. Continuing dry, windy, and warm weather is what prompted the extension. Today it’s going to be in the mid 70’s to low 80’s, humidity is going to be around 5%, and wind gusts are hitting 40 miles per hour. The National Weather Service expects the dangerous conditions to extend through Friday but things are expected to calm down over the weekend.

The trial is over and the jury is back with a verdict for the two men accused being part of a kidnapping gang working in the San Diego County. Jorge Rojas Lopez and Juan Estrada Gonzalez face the death penalty if convicted. They are accused of carrying out kidnappings and murders in the United States for Mexican cartels. In 2007 an unassuming suburban house in Chula Vista is wear authorities say the gang held a wealthy businessman for ransom. In separate murder charges they are accused of shooting some of their victims and asphyxiating others by stuffing using socks stuffed down their throats. The verdict will be read at 9 AM in San Diego downtown courthouse.

In much lighter court news Gian Ericson de los Reyes is being arraigned this morning at 8:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse. He’s accused of stealing iPods but leaving the boxes filled with erasers.

In even lighter news at 1:00 this afternoon Cecilia Abadie is in traffic court fighting a ticket for wearing Google glasses while driving.

At 9:00 this morning San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors is taking comments from the community on proposed rapid transit route changes.

And finally this afternoon at 12:15 Judge Juan Guzman Tapia, the prosecutor of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, is at California Western School of Law. He’s being honored and will give the schools prestigious S. Houston Lay Lecture.

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