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New Law Lets Community Colleges Offer 4-Year Bachelor Degrees

“One of the many laws Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend makes it possible for some community colleges to offer bachelor degrees. California Senate Bill 850 is being called a higher education game changer.

On the bill’s long journey into law, not one person voted “no” in any of its committees or on either floor of the state Senate or Assembly.

The new law allows the California chancellor of community colleges to choose 15 community colleges to be the first California community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree.”

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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 January 9, 2014

The federal government names 24 people in a federal indictment and accuses them of being a sex trafficking gang. According to the feds these suspects are part of a nationwide gang that they also accuse of racketeering, murder, kidnapping, robbery, and drug crimes. Authorities say the gang called B-M-S worked with lower level street gangs like Neighborhood Crips, the Lincoln Park Crips and the West Coast Crips. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy says “The kind of sex trafficking described in this indictment is nothing less than modern-day slavery”. Nearly all of those arrested will be in San Diego’s federal court this afternoon at 1:30.

Governor Jerry Brown is pitching his Budget proposal all across the state today. He’ll be in San Diego’s City Hall media room at 12:30 this afternoon.

Ray Mabus the Secretary of the Navy is all over San Diego today. First he’s on base at North Island Naval Base for San Diego Military Advisory Council’s monthly breakfast meeting at 7:30 AM. Then he’s off to the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard to talk to the workers there at 10:30. And he ends his world wind with a 1:00 talk with some of the sailors at Naval Base Coronado.

San Diego’s sidewalk conditions are the subject of a 12:45 PM news conference with San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilman Mark Kersey. They are hoping to get an accurate picture of which sidewalks need repair, how much it’ll cost, and where to start.

At 11:00 AM San Diego Unified School District Board of Education President Kevin Beiser is talking to the American Society for Industrial Security about safety and security at San Diego schools. They’re meeting at the Admiral Baker Golf Course.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the public can hear the San Diego County Water Authority talking about some preliminary plans to manage their capital projects and climate change.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 10, 2013

At 9:45 this morning Governor Jerry Brown is in San Diego to sign legislation designed to give housing opportunities to veterans. The bill puts a $600 million dollar bond measure on the ballot for voter

California Coastal Commission is meeting this morning at 8:30 AM to talk about San Diego’s Convention Center Expansion. Some commission members are recommending saying no to the $520 million dollar project because it could limit San Diego Bay access. However Convention Center expansion propionates say the expansion will bring more events and money to the city.

Cyber security is on tap at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro and Gardens this morning at 7:45. Securing Out eCity is hosting “CyberFest 2013” a cyber-security symposium. They are talking about how we can all lead more secure cyber lives.

And tonight at 7 San Diego Natural History Museum the mammoths and mastodons of San Diego are the topic of a talk by paleontology curator Tom Demere.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for July 11, 2013

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Three former supporters of San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner are accusing him of sexual harassment. Former Councilwoman Donna Frye along with two lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs are also calling for the Mayor to resign. Frye wrote in a letter to the mayor that she has “received credible evidence of more than one woman being sexually harassed by you.” Mayor Filner has been embroiled in one scandal after another lately. First he’s being accused of having a quid pro quo arrangement with a developer for donations to the city. Then two top staffer quite saying he was impossible to work with and has lost his way politically. His girlfriend dumped him. And now these sexual harassment accusations.

The claims will be addressed this morning in a press conference at 10:00 at the Briggs Law offices. Political junkies are fascinated to see what comes next and if it’s possible for him to survive.

In unrelated political news at 11:30 this morning California’s Governor Jerry Brown is signing legislation that offers sales tax exemptions and creates some investment incentives.

At 1:00 the San Diego County Water Authority will have its first public meeting for the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan. The plan is about San Diego water supply reliability, water quality, and San Diego Counties eleven watersheds.

At 6:00 this evening the San Diego Association of Governments is hosting its first public meeting about health and mobility in San Ysidro. There will be two more after this one.

And at 11:30 AM San Diego County Crime Commission is hosting its fifth-annual award luncheon for the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol Volunteers.

Finally … tonight at 7:30 at Humphreys by the Bay Huey Lewis and the News are performing. Little known fact about Huey Lewis … he learned to play the harmonica while living in Morocco.

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