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San Diego Unified Sees Large Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

“About 1,500 children were cared for at St. Vincent de Paul Village last year, and about 40 percent were younger than 5, a spokesman for the charity announced Wednesday.

In San Diego, the Unified School District said about 3,000 students classified as homeless attended school last year. This year that number has grown to 5,448.

The figures were released in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Education report on homeless children in public schools that found 1.3 million youths living on the streets, “couch surfing” or part of multiple families sharing a home or motel room, up from 8 percent in 2011-12 — the most recent year for which data is available.”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 17, 2014

A guided missile cruiser and guided missile destroyer are coming home to Naval Base San Diego this morning after 9:00 AM. The USS Cowpens, the cruiser, and its 400 crew left in September to help with relief efforts in the Philippines following the Typhoon. The destroyer USS Spruance and its 260 member crew left San Diego in October for their maiden deployment. They spent time patrolling the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

This afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s courthouse 26-year-old Richard Christopher Butts will hear his fate for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Ocean Beach. The two separate attacks happened with in a seven-month time span.

Butts assaulted a woman in her mid-twenties as she walked home from a friend’s house. Then he kidnapped and raped another woman. In testimony one of his victims says that Butts punched her twice from behind, drug her away and tried to rape her. Witnesses say they heard her screaming quote “Please stop! Don’t do this!” Reportedly Butts will get 30-year to life in prison as part of a plea deal.

This afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego Opera’s Board of Directors is meeting at the Hyatt La Jolla Aventine to try and keep the opera afloat. Then at 4:00 supporters of the opera are hosting a public meeting in the Copper Room of City Hall. Last month the Board of Directors voted to close the Opera saying they just don’t have the money. But then the critics came out saying the Board is paid exuberantly and is plagued with other financial problems that if fixed could keep the opera afloat. Also some performers filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the opera to the arbitration table over their unpaid contracts.

This morning at 8:30 the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless is releasing its annual Point-In-Time homeless count at a press conference at the United Way’s Murphy Canyon building. Last year they counted 8,879 homeless people (that’s down 7.9% from the year before) 75% were men, 69% had been on the streets for over a year and 15% were veterans. It’ll be interesting to see what changes for this year.

At 10 AM the media is getting to ride in a Vietnam War-era swift boat thanks to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Veterans that worked on the boats will also be on hand to share their stories.

Allowing drivers to access info that their cars computers collect is what several mechanics and consumer advocates want. They’re talking to the press about that at 10:30 this morning at John’s Automotive Care on Riverdale Street.

At 11:30 AM courageous officers and citizens are being honored by California State Attorney General Kamala Harris.

At noon Washington Middle School is unveiling its new aquatic fitness gear they bought with a $22,000 dollar grant from the Chargers.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 at the San Diego Firehouse Museum former Fire Capitan Frank Baron is celebrating his 100th birthday. Frank first joined the San Diego fire department in 1941 and served for 25-years.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 15, 2014

San Diego politics is busy today. At 10:00 AM San Diego’s City Council is meeting and the top things on their agenda are …. Honoring the San Diego State University men’s basketball team for their stellar season, by declaring today “SDSU Men’s Basketball Day” … Changing committee assignment because of Ed Harris’s appointment to the council to finish off Mayor Faulconer’s term now that he’s mayor. And at 2:00 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is making the official presentation of his budget proposal.

This morning at 9:00 Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting a town hall about state proposition 41. Speaker John Perez, Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins, Assembly Member Brian Maienschein and Assembly Member Shirley Weber are all slated to attend. Prop 41 authorizes California to sell $600 million dollars in bonds to fund housing for homeless veterans.

At noon the county’s annual report card on child and families will be released. The report talks about things like teen pregnancy, poverty, smoking and obesity.

At 1:00 this afternoon the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners are meeting and on the agenda is a proposal to raise the Tuna Harbor parking lot meter prices by 50 cents an hour.

Waiving building height limits for a parking lot is top of the agenda for the Chula Vista City Council this afternoon at 2:00.

Two political endorsements today.

1: First at 10:00 AM the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is endorsing Republican congressional hopeful Carl DeMaio. This group was first formed to help sponsor California’s Proposition 13 in 1978. Many blame prop 13 for many funding problems that California schools have. The group has evolved into an anti-tax group. Among other things the group is trying to suspend is the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

2: Then at 11:00 AM the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s city council re-election and Chis Cate’s run for the district six council seat. They are both republicans running for a quote “non-partisan” seat.

Opera singers are suing the dying San Diego Opera. The singers have 2-years left on their contract and say that the Opera has to go to arbitration to figure out how much to pay them. So the signers want a federal judge to force arbitration.

In court today two things worth talking about.

1: At 9:00 AM in El Cajon’s courthouse closing arguments begin in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi. He’s accused of beating his wife to death.

2: And at 1:30 Pedro Zurita is being arraigned and accused of killing his estranged wife and leaving her body in the parking lot of wear she worked in Carlsbad.

And finally this morning at 10:40 San Diego Unified School District is announcing a $716,000 thousand-dollar grant from the Defense Department. The grant is supposed to help military kids get into Advanced Placement classes.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for Christmas Eve December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

San Diego’s Mission valley mall is the scene of an early morning Christmas Eve homicide according to San Diego Police. The call came in at 1:14 AM one woman is dead and another is in the hospital. The parking lot on the east end of the mall near the Macy’s store is blocked off. Investigators are still on scene and more info will come out through the morning.

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting the number of whooping cough cases has doubled this past year. 12 new cases bring our total to 334 for the year so far. Last year there were 165 cases and the record high was 1,179. Symptoms include a cough and runny nose persisting for a couple weeks. There is a vaccine and however out of the latest dozen to get the disease all but one was up to dare on their shots.

Homeless families and children will have two opportunities to get a Christmas Eve meal today from Father Joe’s Villages. First at 11:00 AM around 1900 people will be served then at 5:00 tonight about 800 will get to celebrate.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 4, 2013

It is cold in San Diego today. Now cold in San Diego is a subjective term. Today the low in the city is 46 degrees with a high of 61 and tomorrow it’s supposed to be even colder with a low of 43 and a high of 57. Parts of San Diego’s East County are even expected to hit the freezing point over the next few days too. The cold snap is expected to run through the weekend

This morning at 9:00 AM San Diego’s annual Project Homeless Connect will start helping the homeless at downtown’s Golden Hall. The annual event helps homeless people get access to city services and gives them things like clothes and luggage. Last year they helped over 1100 people and they hope to help more this time around.

In court this afternoon at 1:30 there is a sentencing and arraignment of note.

First in San Diego’s downtown courthouse twitter taunter Wanda Podgurski is being sentenced for a frailer to appear. Podgurski was convicted of insurance fraud in San Diego then she ran to Mexico. While in Mexico she was taunting the District Attorney over twitter, drawing attention to herself and reviling her location. Mexican authorities arrested then deported her back to San Diego.

Then in Vista’s courthouse Kristopher Nesmith is being arraigned. He’s accused of stabbing a 67-year-old man during some kind of domestic dispute.

In Escondido at 10:00 AM Palomar Health and the Mayo Clinic are announcing their new collaboration. This will be the first time the Mayo Clinic is collaborating with a California health care system. What they are collaborating about is top secret until the big revile at the press conference.

At the Encinitas Farmers Market late this afternoon at 4:00 County Supervisor Dave Roberts will ask San Diegans to buy locally grown food over the holidays. It’s all part of the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce’s Think Local First initiative. They say it helps to create jobs and keeps people health when they buy locally grown food.

At 10:00 AM the University of California San Diego’s Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety program is launching its distracted driving project. It’s a free one-hour class funded by the state that’s supposed to show drivers what could happen if they use a smart phone while driving.

And finally … Carlsbad Unified School District is helping to guarantee that its students can go to college. Tonight at 6:00 the district and Cal State San Marcos are signing a memorandum of understanding that will guarantee Carlsbad District students addition to CSU San Marcos … Assuming they meet the minimum requirements.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 12, 2013

In front of San Diego’s Hall of Justice at 9:00 AM Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and County Supervisor Greg Cox are speaking out against the release of convicted sexually violent predator Douglas Badger. Badger’s record of sexual assaults goes back to 1974, and he’s been in and out of prison almost his entire adult life. Back in August a court found that he could be released with treatment and supervision. Another hearing is set for November 15th to try and figure out where to house him.

Planning for climate change is on the agenda for the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners this morning at 8:30.

El Cajon’s City Council is talking about how to fill the now vacant Mayor’s Office this afternoon at 3:00. The last mayor Mark Lewis quite in disgrace last month after he was recorded in an interview making what many consider to be racially insensitive comments about El Cajon’s Iraqi community. Nearly 50,000 Iraqi immigrants live in El Cajon.

And finally this afternoon at 11:00 AM Mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer is making campaign stops at three of San Diego’s Homeless Shelters.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 5, 2013

San Diego Police are on the lookout for a sexual assault suspect that attacked a young woman. At 7:15 on Monday the fourth in the parking garage of the Fiore Terrace Apartments an exchange student was attacked by the suspect. The victim says he had a gun, shoved her up against a car, and stuck his hand up her shirt. Just then someone came out of the elevator and the suspect ran off. He is described as being thin, 5-foot 6-inches tall, and in his late teens or early 20’s.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting today at 9:00 AM. There are several things on the agenda but the most interesting is about electronic cigarettes. The board is going to talk about possibly developing county policy on the sale and use of e-cigarettes.

At 10:00 AM San Diego City Council is meeting and on the agenda is the possibility of turning the old and soon to be empty San Diego Annex building into a Kaiser hospital.

Then at noon almost the entire council is going to call on San Diegans to donate to the eighth annual Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect is an annual event that helps homeless people get access to services and help.

At 6:00 tonight County Supervisor Greg Cox is holding a town hall meeting at the San Ysidro Health Center about the Affordable Care Act.

Two arraignments and a sentencing on the court’s docket today.

In Vista at 1:30 Felix Jones will be arraigned for beating his ex-wife’s sleeping boyfriend with a baseball bat.

Then in El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:30 another arraignment, this time for Danny Shaw. He is an unregistered sex offender from Oregon and he’s accused of passing out candy to kids on Halloween.

Then the sentencing of Starley Cristal Geart at 1:30 in Chula Vista’s courthouse for leaving her 4-month-old baby looked in a car while she shopped.

And finally today one of our own is being honored by the President. Vista’s Elizabeth Perez-Halperin is one of twelve veterans being recognized by the president as a “Champion of Change” Perez founded and is president of a contracting company that is working to advance the use of clean energy.

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