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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 29, 2014

Hot temperatures are going to fry San Diego County over the next three days and powerful winds will scour the East County. Today we’re expecting to hit 88 degrees along the coast breaking the last record of 86. Winds are going to gust at over 85-miles-per-hour according to the National Weather Service. At this point there isn’t a high fire danger warning but that could change. San Diego County does have several “Cool Zones” across the county. To check out the list just Google “San Diego County Cool Zones”.

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 AM. They are going to talk about raising building permit fees to help pay for fire protection in the unincorporated parts of the county. They want to raise the fee from 47 cents per square foot to 52.

San Diego City Council is meeting at 10:00 AM and on the agenda is the Black Mountain Open Space Park plan.

Also at 10:00 this morning San Diego County Water Authority is launching their water conservation campaign at the San Vicente Dam.

This afternoon at 1:15 Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilman Mark Kersey, Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, Councilman Scott Sherman and a pothole Repair Crew are talking to the press about the mayors infrastructure projects funding in the new city budget. Faulconer is calling his budget the “One San Diego” budget and repairing pothole is a big part of it. They’ll be at 30th Street and Date Street filling in some potholes.

Tonight at 5:00 San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting about the 2015-2016 budget. There is a proposal to have that budget drafted when the 2014-2015 budget is adopted. It’s supposed to force the district to plan long term. You know not spend this year at the expense of next.

Two sentencings of note this afternoon both in El Cajon’s courthouse.

In Department 11 James Solak is being sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing copper wire from multiple schools and businesses

Then in Department 2 Blaine Anthony Arellano will hear his fate for assaulting his roommate, forcing her to stab him.

And finally at 10:00 AM 16 finalist are competing for $70,000 at the University of San Diego’s fourth annual Social Innovation Challenge. The contest between San Diego college students is to come up with a solution for one of the world’s economic, environmental or social problems.

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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 April 7, 2014

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner is off of house arrest today. He finished his 90-day long in home sentence and reportedly got his GPS monitoring device off too. The 71-year-old pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery last August. Now he’s got three years of probation and a $1500 fine. Although after 18-months he can apply to have his probation reduced. He can also ask to have his felony reduced to a misdemeanor.

San Diego’s city council is busy today

Fist at 9:00 AM the council’s Audit Committee is getting together to talk about an audit of Balboa Park Celebration Incorporated. The group was created to run the centennial celebration of Balboa Park but now is in the process of disbanding. Everyone wants to know how they spent the $2.6 million they got from the city.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the council is picking the person to fill Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s old council seat. After Faulconer won the mayoral election he left his seat on the council open and the rest of the city council gets to pick who replaces him. 20 people want the job. Today they each candidate will get three minutes to tell the council why they should fill Faulconer’s seat.

At 3:30 this afternoon San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission is meeting about an amendment to the city charter that could change how the pay of city council members is determined.

And finally tonight at 5:30 law enforcement is honoring crime victims at their 25th annual Candlelight Tribute for Crime Survivors. They’ll be at the San Diego Police Officers Association offices on Vickers Street in Kearny Mesa.

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San Diego’s Top Gun themed tax video staring Mayor Faulconer, Councilman Todd Gloria, and former mayor Jerry Sanders.

Every year the San Diego County Taxpayers Associating hosts an annual event called “Annual Golden Fleece & Watchdog Awards”.

But it’s got a San Diego twist. Every year the Taxpayers Association along with some of San Diego’s top politicos produce their own video promoting the event and lampooning the news and politics.

This year’s Top Gun themed video starts our former mayor Jerry Sander, current mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council president Todd Gloria.

A little preview of the video has hit YouTube.

Enjoy!

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 20, 2014

San Diego State Basketball faces New Mexico State in their first match-up for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Spokane Washington. Tip-off is just before 7:00 and the Alumni Association is gathering at Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill to watch the game. If … I’m sorry I apologize … I mean after the Aztecs beat New Mexico their next game will be up against the winner of the Oklahoma State vs North Dakota State game.

Today starting at 8:00 AM tickets for the NCAA games being played here in San Diego go on sale on line. A limited number of tickets for the games at SDSU’s Viejas Arena will be available at Ticketmaster.com and NCAA.com

And all eight teams playing will have practices today and they’re open to the public

— Weber State is from noon-12:40 p.m.

— Oklahoma State, 12:45-1:25 p.m.;

— Arizona, 1:30-2:10 p.m.;

— Gonzaga, 2:15-2:55 p.m.;

— Virginia Commonwealth, 4:25-5:05 p.m.;

— UCLA, 5:10-5:50 p.m.;

— Stephen F. Austin, 5:55-6:35 p.m.; and

— Tulsa, 6:40-7:20 p.m.

This morning after 8:00 the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer and it’s 300 sailors leave San Diego for an independent deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. Commander Randy J. Van Rossum says that they have spent the past year and half getting ready for this deployment.

Well known Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, Democratic Congress people Susan Davis and Scott Peters, along with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are all getting together this morning at 9:00. They are talking about a new report that says cyber security is a $1.5 billion dollar business for San Diego County. They are going to announce a new public-private partnership called Cyber Center of Excellence. It’s supposed to connect cyber companies with military leaders and academic partners so they can all coordinate and promote San Diego’s regional cyber strengths. It’s also one of the few times these three congress people will agree on anything.

Then at 12:15 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is announcing his new 26-member staff.

This morning in Balboa Park’s Prado at 9:30 AM ten of San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies are being recognized at the annual auto-theft enforcement awards. They are credited with 51 arrests and the recovery of 167 stolen cars with a value of more than $1.1 million.

Two arraignments of note this afternoon at 1:30, both in San Diego’s courthouse.

42-year-old Ghazal Mansury is accused of murdering her 79-year-old mother then dumping her body in an isolated area in far East San Diego County on the Barona Indian Reservation.

And 7-people are being arraigned for the same crime. Travis Wilbert Ross III, Travis Cofey, Derrick Henderson, Robert Shannon Jr., Carlton Blue, Manuel Castaneda and Sharika Bradley are all accused of stabbing and killing a 25-year-old in a street fight

Chula Vista is breaking ground on some new affordable housing this afternoon at 1:00. It’ll be the first mixed-use housing project in San Diego County’s South Bay. The development is going to have 33 apartments and be built on land that has been unused for over a decade at 240 Landis Ave. They’ll have 1 and three bedrooms and rents will range from around $600 to just over $1200.

And finally a reminder that the SDSU Alumni Association watch party for the Aztecs vs New Mexico State men’s basketball game is tonight starting at 6:15 at Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill, 7510 Hazard Center Drive.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 7, 2014

Eight Marine recruits are diagnosed with meningitis. They are all at Naval Medical Center, San Diego for treatment and testing. The tests will determine if it is bacterial or viral. Regardless, all are being isolated.

San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies arrest an 18-year-old accused of over 300 graffiti crimes totaling nearly $90,000 worth of damage. Bladimir Alexis Lopez was caught at his house in the north county city of Vista. He was booked into Vista’s jail.

Several San Diego City Council candidates file their nominating papers.

David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Lorie Zapf all got the 100 required signatures needed to nominate themselves for re-election.

Alvarez will run for reelection in Distract 8 and so far he only has one opponent, retired iron worker Valley Coleman III

In District 4, Cole is up against Lemon Grove School District Trustee Blanca Lopez Brown, real estate agent Tony Villafranca and former district policy adviser Bruce Williams.

Zapf is hoping to move from District 6 to District 2 … taking over the seat left vacant by Kevin Faulconer after he won the Mayor’s seat. Sarah Boot a federal prosecutor, community activist Jim Morrison and organic fertilizer marketer Mark Schwatz are all hoping to beat Zapf.

And the seat left vacant by Zapf’s district move is up for grabs. Taxpayers Association Vice President Chris Cate, special education assistant Jane Glasson, education consultant Carol Kim, community and veterans activist De Le, and ex-San Diego Unified School District Trustee Mitz Lee are all going to slug it out for the District 6 seat.

Our new Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, has a lot going on today: the last day of his first week. First at 9:30 this morning Faulconer is going to Tijuana for his first official visit with Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Astiazaran. They are talking trade and border infrastructure. Then at 1:30 Faulconer is back in San Diego talking with the press about his trip to Tijuana for those reporters unable to go with him.

At 9:00 AM the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Educational Fund is meeting with 60 members from across the southwest at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. They are talking about education policies for the new accountability system.

At 5:30 tonight Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is honoring her districts “Woman of the Year” for their work in organized labor, healthcare and education.

There are two sentencings of note today.

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 AM Michael Tesfa is being sentenced for beating and raping a woman near San Diego’s Old Town.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in Chula Vista’s court Miranda Mae Gallegos will hear her fate for stabbing and killing her ex-boyfriend.

Over 375 graduate and undergraduate students from San Diego State University are showing off their original research projects at SDSU’s Love Library. Some of the things on display are bacterial growth patterns in public bathrooms and treatment outcomes for minorities with breast cancer.

And finally at 6:00 tonight the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is hosting a symposium about the role of art and culture in city life.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 3, 2014

San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide is investigating the mysterious death of a man found in an auto shop over the weekend. Several news reports I.D.’d the dead man as Ruben Bodden. Bodden is thought to be linked to the 2013 murder of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park. One of the suspects under arrest for the double murder is named Brian Bodden, and is believed to be Ruben’s son. The search for the suspect involved in the elder Bodden’s death is on-going and anyone with any info should contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Today at 10:00 AM Kevin Faulconer will be inaugurated as San Diego’s new mayor. Faulconer beat out David Alvarez for the seat in a 53% to 47%. After today’s inauguration San Diego City Council will declare Faulconer’s seat on the council vacant and begin the process of appointing someone to fill it. One catch is that the council does not want to appoint anyone that is planning on running for the seat after this term is up. Faulconer gave the Chief of Staff job to his Campaign Manager Stephen Puetz, and will be naming other appointments soon.

At 2:00 this afternoon San Diego City Council is meeting and the big thing on the agenda are new regulations for food trucks.

Then at 7:00 tonight San Diego Unified School District trustee John Lee Evans is hosting a community forum on the district’s plan for the future called “Vision 2020”.

Two sentencing’s of note today at 1:30.

In El Cajon’s courthouse Sunny Hall will hear her fate for driving drunk and killing two people in a crash on Interstate 8 near Alpine.

And in Chula Vista’s courthouse Robbie Gillespie is being sentenced for crashing into a Poway Fire Department car killing a 19-year-old aspiring model.

The San Diego Trolley is getting another vintage trolley car to put into service today. The 1946 Presidents Conference Committee trolley car is arriving at the 12th and Imperial trolley yard at 1:30 for restoration. The Municipal Transit System traded two of its modern decommissioned trolley cars for the antique.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the Oceanside Public Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss birthday party with a reading of “Cat in the Hat”.

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