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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 November 1, 2013

Three people are under arrest and accused of using an elaborate smuggling tunnel along the San Diego / Tijuana border to run drugs. The tunnel ran from one non-descript warehouse in Tijuana across the American/Mexican border to another non-descript warehouse in the community of Otay Mesa. It is about 20 meters underground and runs about 200 meters long and was equipped with a rail system and ventilation. Along with the three arrests authorities also seized 325 pounds of cocaine and eight tons of marijuana.

This morning at 8:30 in El Cajon’s courthouse 23-year-old April Carole Thompson will be sentenced for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Thompson was drunk when she drove the wrong way on highway 52 slamming head on into another car killing 25-year-old Jayme Alan Midlam. Thompson is facing 10-years in prison.

Today at 1:30 PM in San Diego’s downtown courthouse Daryl Ray Cody will be arraigned and accused of obstructing a peace officer and possessing a controlled substance. A Sheriff’s Deputy was trying to evict Cody from a downtown apartment. Authorities say Cody refused to follow orders then the Deputy says he saw what he thought was a gun barrel and fired at Cody, shooting Cody in the leg. Turned out to be a three foot long plastic tube.

Another immigration reform protest is set to happen at Representative Darrell Issa’s Vista office today at 11:00 AM. Yesterday’s was anti-immigration reform and today is pro-immigration reform. San Diego Faith Leaders and dream act atavists will give Issa’s office new polling data that they say shows that Americans want immigration reform.

At the San Diego Naval Base at 9:15 this morning the U.S.S. Thach will be decommissioned after 30 years of service. Commander Hans Lynch proudly says that the Thach and her crew accomplished a lot in her long career “From conducting counter-narcotics operations to maintaining freedom on the high seas, the ship has been through a lot”.

And finally today at 12:30 this afternoon Veterans are replacing 50 worn out flags at the Avenue of Flags at the Miramar National Cemetery.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for October 31, 2013

A new smuggling tunnel along the San Diego Tijuana border was discovered by American and Mexican authorities. According to TijuanaPress.com the recently finished tunnel is 20 meters deep and 150 long. The entrance on the Mexican side is just over the border and near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. It is not clear if the tunnel ever saw use. U.S. federal authorities are expected to release more info today.

Tea Party members will protest at Congressman Darrell Issa’s Vista office today at noon. According to the local Tea Party, Issa has been suggesting that he wants to pass an immigration reform law that would grant the millions of undocumented immigrants working visas.

San Diego’s Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is holding his weekly chat with the media at 10:00 AM

Tassie Behrens, the mother of two toddlers that drowned in a pool at a home that was also a marijuana growing location will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30. She’s facing drug and child endangerment charges.

At noon the group Walk San Diego is releasing its walking scores for San Diego today. Walkablity is a big part of how some property values are determined so realtors will watch closely.

And today is Halloween. There are events all over San Diego County.

At 12:30 it’s the 39th annual giant pumpkin drop off of the 11th floor of the Tioga Hall building at the University of California San Diego.

At 2:00 this afternoon Students from Holmes Elementary are leading a community parade.

At 5:00 at the Fallbrook Community Center, Lakeside Community Center, Spring Valley Center, there will be trick-or-treating, games, music, and costume contests.

And finally all day from 9:00 AM till 7:00 tonight 101 KGB is hosting its 35th annual Halloween blood drive.

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Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast … We tackle the difficult topic of surviving torture in San Diego

Listen above or go to the Bowler’s Desk iTuns page and get it there.

This Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast is in honor of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Often torture is ignored and oversimplified in main stream media

It’s hard to talk about torture and sell ads

It’s hard to talk about torture without diminishing to topic

It’s hard to talk about torture

But we’re going to try and do the hard thing …

According to Cornell Law School’s web site torture is defined as

(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;

(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—

(3) “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.

I sat down with two experts in the field of torture.

First Arturo Jimenez Bicardi a PhD candidate at University of California at Irvine and he’s doing his dissertation on US torture and targeted killings programs since World War II.

Also joining me was Suzanne Bacon the Community Relations Manager for Survivors of Torture, International. They are a San Diego based group that helps people that have survived torture heal.

Did you know that there are over 11,000 survivors of politically motivated torture living in San Diego?

That’s whom Survivors of Torture, International helps. They also give twice monthly tours of their facility, showing anyone interested the good work they do.

Go to the web site www.notorture.org. Give money. Give time. Take the tour.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 24, 2013

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San Diego City Council has a full day of committee meetings ahead of itself today. First at 9:00 AM the Infrastructure Committee is meeting. The items of note on the agenda are the Independent Budget Analyst, municipal infrastructure, and a report from the Development Services Department. Then at 2:00 this afternoon they are going to talk about extending the ambulance contract with Rural/Metro Ambulance for another year.

In court a foreign man accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was in San Diego for a convention will be arraigned. The Canadian man will be in San Diego’s downtown courthouse at 1:30 this afternoon.

Also this afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective will protest at Escondido’s Police Department Headquarters. The group will voice criticism over the department’s cooperation with Immigration and Custom Enforcement or ICE. Escondido Police Department is the only department in the nation to have ICE agents working in the same building. According to the San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective there are eleven ICE agents stationed at Escondido Police Department headquarters.

This morning at 5:30 the Armed Service YMCA is celebrating the “Christmas You Missed”. This annual midsummer tradition is for military family to celebrate the holidays with their family’s service members that were deployed over the holidays. 530 people from military families are participating along with carolers, music from the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, and of course Santa will make a special appearance as well.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 14, 2013

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Military firefighters will be conducting several controlled burns at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar today. It’s all part of the yearly effort to reduce wildfire risk. Smoke and flames may be visible to commuters and people living in the area

Two pro-immigration-reform events today

First at 10:00 this morning the “Nuns on the Bus” tour is ending its 15-state run at Friendship Park. Friendship Park is a bi-national park that has parts on both sides of the San Diego / Tijuana border. The Catholic Nuns began their 6,500 mile tour near Ellis Island in late May.

Then tonight at 6:30 The San Diego Dream Team along with religious leaders will hold a candle light vigil in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at 1173 Front Street in downtown San Diego.

This afternoon at 1:00 the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are protesting at SeaWorld. PETA says SeaWorld miss-treats the animal under its care … SeaWorld disagrees.

One of the three people involved in a bank robbery turned shoot out will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. Laura Elshire is accused of participating in the robbery that left one accomplice with a gunshot wound and the other on the run.

Tonight at 5:00 the University of California at San Diego will host its all-campus graduation. UCSD will eventually hand out over 8,000 diplomas.

And finally at 5:30 this evening the San Diego After-School All-Stars is hosting the seventh annual Celebrity Dodge ball Tournament. Local luminaries will be pummeling each other at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego to raise money for after-school programs.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2013

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This morning at 9:00 31-year-old Jesus Arteaga Garcia will be sentenced for stabbing his pregnant and estranged wife who also happened to be a Customs and Border Patrol agent. Garcia fled to Mexico after the murder and was able to assert Mexican nationality meaning that in order for the United Stated to bring him back the death penalty had to be taken off the table as a possible sentence. There is no death penalty in Mexico and if Mexican nationals are wanted for a crime in another country Mexican authorities will not extradite unless the death penalty is removed as a possible sentence.

Also this morning at 9:30 the University of California at San Diego Medical Center is conducting a mass-casualty building collapse drill. UCSD Medical Center officials say that the “mass casualty and mass fatality” drill is meant to simulate catastrophes similar to the recent building collapse in Bangladesh.

Early this afternoon San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner is hosting a youth summer employment summit with local business leaders. Connect2Careers is the new name for the redesigned “Hire-a-Youth” program. The program has about 400 youths signed up but only 60 companies. The Mayor hopes to change that.

Today Anti-Fracking activists all across the state are delivering petition to their local representatives to ban the controversial oil extraction method in California. In San Diego Democratic State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will be the recipient in her office at 2445 Fifth Ave at noon.

Tonight at 7:00 activists will rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform on the west side of San Diego County Administration Building 1600 Pacific Highway. Some of the notable attendees are San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner and Nathan Fletcher Chair San Diegans United for Commonsense Immigration Reform.

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